Skyfall

Bond finally made it to Australia.  Three weeks after the rest of the world. It may be burning up the box office here, but I am sure this film was downloaded hours after it was released in the US and UK, as the public is not staying beholden to the timing choices of the international distribution of a hot film.  The old economic model is crumbling, but nothing is ready to replace it yet, so for the next couple of years we will be see the same situation play out time and again.  You could say the same for the latest Bond movie, Skyfall.  The film follows the Bond formula as it is packed with action, one-liners, Bond girls and a rugged Daniel Craig.   

Expertly directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is the ultimate product placement film.  There are a couple of lingering shots on watches, cars and drink products and it is a two and half hour advert for the United Kingdom, but you don’t care as there is also an increase in screen time for a shirtless Mr Craig.  So much so, that you could create a drinking game on your fifth or sixth viewing of the film.   The plot, yes, I said plot, is very aware of the lay of the land and asks how relevant are some institutions and people in the new world order.  But ultimately, it is all about a great ride.  Javier Bardem is a great villain, Judi Dench is the United Kingdom, the title song by Adele is timeless and Daniel Craig is Bond. 

The film quite firmly says there is life in the old British bulldog yet, hanging the whole movie on a few lines from a Tennyson poem:

“...We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Well, few lines of Tennyson and a lot of guns, a shirtless Daniel Craig and action.