Movie Review: ‘Skyfall’


After being holed up for a couple of days this week, I decided it was time to get out of the house last night to get some fresh air. My very dear friends Steph and Alek invited me out for a no-pressure dinner and movie night and decided I wanted to go. It has been far too long since we’ve been able to spend time together so, to be honest, my main reason for getting out of the house was to see them. We enjoyed a very nice, leisurely Italian dinner and then went to a late showing of the new James Bond film Skyfall.

I have only been hearing really good things about Skyfall and after it enjoyed a very successful opening weekend at the box office, we were all anxious to see the film. I’ve said this many times but Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond actor. I’ve loved all of his Bond films and Skyfall is no exception. That said, I’m not sure I would call it the “best Bond film” for a couple of reasons. First, the movie is a bit long. They probably could’ve cut out 30-45 minutes and the movie would be just fine. Second, I had a very hard time taking Javier Bardem serious as the movie’s big bad villain. That wig? I mean, c’mon. BUT, I pretty much loved the rest of the movie. I liked the story, I loved Craig’s performance … but Judi Dench steals the show. The movie did not turn out the way I thought it would so I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. The movie is action-packed so if you’re up for a fun time at the movies, check out Skyfall. The film makes a few clever nods to Bond films from the past 50 years so I can see why longtime fans are eating up this new movie.

For the most part, I’m still trying to lay low. I’m not really all that interested in doing much, to be honest. Movies are about all I can commit to right now. This afternoon, I’m going to an early screening of On the Road so I’m looking forward to that. I bought an iPad Retina on Monday so I’ve been occupying my time playing with it. David has an iPad and I would play with his from time to time but I decided I need one of my own. Having a new toy makes for a nice distraction so … that’s what I’ve been up to.

I want to thank you for all of the amazing message of love and support that you continue to send my way. It means so much to me, you can’t even truly understand. So … thanks <3

  • Judi Dench is my homegirl. That needs to be a shirt. Anywho, Hugs to you, man.

  • Meghan

    Glad you are getting out and about, Trent! I’m not really a James Bond fan, but I heard great things about Skyfall. Would you have to be a follower of the James Bond series to enjoy this film?

    • @Meghan — I don’t think you need to know much about the Bond series overall to enjoy the film but some of the references may be lost on a total newbie. That said, there is a lot of action and intrigue that entertains without having to have background information.

    • Bekah

      @Meghan, I’m not a huge Bond fan or follower, but saw the movie with my boyfriend on opening night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it has Daniel Craig, and he’s always pleasant to look at :-)

  • Joanna

    Im glad you enjoyed ‘Skyfall.’ my boyfriend and I have been debating whether or not we should go see it. Neither one of us have ever seen a James Bond film so it would be a first for us. I saw on Twitter that you saw ‘Lincoln’ recently and was wondering your take on it. Looks fantastic and Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t pick just any film to be in. It has to be one that could potentially win awards (not like he needs another one).

    • @Joanna — Lincoln is utterly fantastic. The movie pretty much makes Honest Abe look like a perfect saint but the acting performances are stunning. I really recommend the film to anyone.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    i loved skyfall! i want that bulldog! (ugh, they are, like $700 though. rude)

    nothing like a action film to take your mind away for a bit.

  • Xadax

    Um excuse me, what does the guy’s hair had to do with the acting. Its just part of the vision intended in his character.

  • PeaButNutter

    I’m thinking of seeing it on imax this weekend, I’ve heard nothing but great things and i typically always agree with your reviews. There’s so much love out here for you Trent, you are like a friend I haven’t met yet (I’m in Windsor maybe we’ll bump into each other one day), and you’re one awesome guy. Whatever happens in the future, I know you will be just fine.

  • Courtney

    My guy and I went to go see Skyfall last night and enjoyed it alot! I don’t know much about the Bond films but a whole lot of backstory wasn’t needed so that was good for me. ( I am easily confused haha)

    And AGREED his wig and that terrible dye job had me distracted in ever scene he was in!

  • Sarah

    Thinking of you, Trent.

  • KatieFeldmom

    The part I couldn’t get past was M using a flashlight. Seriously? *Spoiler (I think)* The leader of MI6 didn’t think about a flashlight giving her location away? Come on!

    Other than that, I loved it. Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond. I spent the weekend watching all the Sean Connery ones and will spend this next weekend doing the same for Roger Moore. But I think it’s safe to say that Daniel Craig is the best.

  • Tara

    I really thought that Javier Bardem’s performance was Oscar worthy! We have to agree to disagree Trent! He was awesome! I hope you are doing well! All my friends from Dallas read your blog and our hearts go out to you! You have a huge future ahead, and you will get through this! HUGS!

  • Jessica

    Love Daniel Craig’s gritty Bond but could have done without the traditional shower sex scene filled with a hugely inappropriate power dynamic. I always thought they were trying to show a more contemporary, smarter James.

  • John-Paul Casserly

    I don’t agree with that statement that Javier Bardem was hard to take serious as the bad guy. I thought bringing a new type of villain into this dated franchise was a great way to bring it into the future. Reminded me a lot of the joker in the dark knight rises film, serious mental issues and but also quite obviously very intelligent. I agree with the rest it was a great film and with out a shadow of a doubt Judi Dench was brilliant as always.
    J.P. Casserly