By Chaz Lipp
I actually think those descriptions apply to Skyfall and I can only give it the highest recommendation for longtime Bond fans as well as those who have never given the secret agent a second thought. All my thoughts from my original review still apply, but if anything my appreciation has increased after revisiting the film on Blu-ray. Daniel Craig, even more so than his already strong work in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, convinces us that Bond, however extraordinary he obviously is, remains a vulnerable figure. One of the motifs of Skyfall is retirement. When is it time for a person to stop doing the one thing they are best at—the thing that defines them?
Director Sam Mendes knows how to keep a story moving and at no point does Skyfall feel like a two hour and 23 minute movie. One aspect of the story that makes the movie so emotionally involving is how personal things become once the perpetrator of the attack is known. It brings Bond and M closer together than ever, cracking the professional façade between them in a way we’ve not seen before. As for the villainous Raoul Silva, Javier Bardem creates a seductive portrait of hateful bitterness. There are certainly some over the top moments throughout, but once you’re firmly ensconced in the world of 007, I don’t feel any of them ruin the film’s credibility.
Skyfall on Blu-ray is, of course, essential viewing for James Bond fans. But anyone looking for a rock solid action thriller needs to see it too. Stylishly photographed, well-acted, and expertly paced, this is one that holds up to repeat viewings.