‘Skyfall’ Reviews: Critics Scream, ‘OH HELL YES,’ Call It Classic Bond

After an early screening in L.A., writers took to Twitter to herald the return of 007.

Monday night, hours before the “Iron Man 3″ trailer dropped, James Bond commandeered Twitter for a period of time. Another screening for his latest adventure, “Skyfall,” set off a flurry of tweets from writers and critics in Los Angeles, most of whom couldn’t get enough of the man with the license to kill.

Many of the tweets about “Skyfall” were nothing short of raves, echoing the positive buzz that started to spread throughout the Web a few weeks ago. The consensus among writers so far has been that this Bond is already on its way to becoming one of the classics.

“As a guy who has never been a Bond fan, SKYFALL feels like the Bond movie I always imagined,” tweeted Devin Faraci of Badass Digest.

Drew McWeeny from HitFix put it simply: “OH HELL YES.”

In a recent interview with The Playlist, director Sam Mendes revealed that some aspects of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” inspired his take on the iconic stature of Bond. That connection, however, was lost on Faraci, who instead suggested that “Skyfall” fixes what was wrong about the most recent Batman movies. One aspect of the ‘Skyfall’ that has earned much of the early praise is Javier Bardem’s performance as the villainous, Raoul Silva. His take on the baddie isn’t your typical Bond mastermind, but he’s classic 007 through and through.

“Saying Javier Bard is the best Bond villain points out that the franchise has never been about the bad guys. But he probably is the best,” wrote Damon Houx of Chud.

Though it’s not the kind of praise you expect from a James Bond movie, the cinematography by Roger Deakins has earned almost an equal amount of recognition. Mendes has worked with the famed DP for years and brought him onboard for his big leap to action. Though Deakins has shot films for some of the greatest working directors like the Coen Brothers and Martin Scorsese, he has never won an Academy Award.

Amy Nicholson from Boxoffice Magazine suggests that should change, writing “Roger Deakins deserves the cinematography Oscar for SKYFALL.”

“Skyfall” opens in IMAX theaters on November 8 and everywhere else on the day after.


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