After a recent “Skyfall” media screening ended, a friend and fellow film reviewer immediately declared that he had just seen the “best James Bond movie ever.”
I was equally wowed by the action and ultra-glossy sheen of the new 007 entry. But best ever? That seemed like a bold statement.
Now here we are, with the “Skyfall” release upon us, and nearly every critic in the world overflowing with superlatives that qualify as slight variations on “Best Bond ever.”
The Post’s Ann Hornaday gave the film a very positive three-star review, praising director Sam Mendes for “reinvigorating the James Bond series with a sleek, crisp, classy installment exhibiting just the right proportion of respect for legacy and embrace of novelty.” Others were just as effusive as Hornaday, but more inclined to describe this spy-flick-meets-chilly-terrorism-thriller by noting where it ranks based on an array of Bond-related metrics.
Christy Lemire of the Associated Press doubled down on bests in her “Skyfall” review, calling it “easily one of the best entries ever in the 50-year, 23-film series, led once again by an actor who’s the best Bond yet in Daniel Craig.”
Not to be outdone, Richard Roeper busted out a “best” and a “most” dubbing it “one of the top five Bond films of all time” as well as “perhaps the most visually stunning Bond movie ever made.”
James Adams of the Globe and Mail, like Lemire, says “Skyfall” is “one of the best Bonds in the 50-year history of moviedom’s most successful franchise.” (Read his review with caution, by the way. He spoils one of the film’s fun, old-school surprises in his lead.)
And it goes on like this.
Critic Kirk Honeycutt: “‘Skyfall’” is the best Bond movie in decades.”
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone: “I put ‘Skyfall’ in the top five Bond movies ever made,” while Craig is “the second best James Bond of all time.”
Matt Pais of Chicago’s Red Eye: “...the best Bond film since I don’t know what.”
Geoffrey McNab in the Britain’s Independent: “If not a full blown triumph, this is certainly one of the best Bonds in recent memory.”
And Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly, giving Javier Bardem his just due as “one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history.”
In short, “Skyfall” is either the best or one of the best Bonds in the history of Bonds and the word best. It’s also been named most likely to succeed and class valedictorian. So just go see it, for your own enjoyment and also to add new adjectivements to the onslaught of adulatory descriptors.*
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