Hypable Movie Review: ‘Skyfall’

12:45 pm EDT, November 9, 2012

While Skyfall marks the 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise, it also happens to be one of the best. Thrilling, gorgeously shot, expertly acted, and with the return of the classic Bond humor missing from the past few outings, Skyfall is a major step in the right direction, one that can stand on its own, while promising the best is yet to come from the franchise.

Coming off a bit of a swing-and-a-miss with Quantum of Solace, Skyfall gets off on the right track fast with an elaborate chase sequence to start things off. While it works as a thrilling piece of entertainment, it also sets into motion and intriguing plot. But perhaps best of all, it reintroduces humor and fun into James Bond. It doesn’t hit you over the head with it as other films have, but adds just the right amount to make things interesting.

The film opens up with MI6 in shambles at the hands of a mysterious and evil power, Silva (Javier Bardem). M (Judi Dench) is fighting to keep her job with a new overseer Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) keeping a close watch on everything, including 007. With the help of fellow agents Eve (Naomie Harris) and Tanner (Rory Kinnear), a young Q (Ben Whishaw), and a gorgeous mystery woman, Severine (Bérénice Marlohe), Bond attempts to track down Silva to protect M and the rest of MI6. The issues in the story are there, but Mendes and company never really give them much room to distract the film from moving forward at an impressive rate.

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The three major newcomers to the franchise all make an immediate impact, with cinematographer Roger Deakins and director Sam Mendes crafting a gorgeous, exhilarating film from the onset. Javier Bardem, meanwhile, is as terrific as any Bond villain we’ve seen, as he channels a sort of Christoph Waltz-like performance from Inglorious Basterds to create a terrifying, yet entertaining villain that deserves attention.

As the film crosses the globe, Deakins proves why he’s been nominated for 9 Oscars, as he gorgeously crafts each scene with a different palate. Credit must also go to Mendes, who’s clearly one of the most talented directors the James Bond franchise has had. Skyfall is simply an expertly made film on top of the entertainment value that comes along with these films.

While his previous installments were more of revenge films, Daniel Craig is given a little room to breathe here. There’s still a much darker tone throughout the film, and Bond goes through some serious personal struggles, but he is still able to explore that which makes Bond such a fun character: the little things. Where past James Bond entries have gone overboard on the camp and silliness, Skyfall is subtle about it, which makes each barely-noticeable joke and hat-tip to past Bond traits that much more enjoyable.

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While underutilized, Marlohe is terrific as the femme fatale of the film. Where past Bond films would have simply utilized such a character for sexual chemistry, Severine has some layers to her character that really makes her one of the better Bond girls of late. It’s a shame the chemistry between Bond and Eve wasn’t as strong, given the film gives more attention to that relationship. Harris is a strong presence on screen, but the way the story chooses to explore this relationship doesn’t always work.

In fact, this really leads to the major issue with the film: Bond’s character development. Not to say that it’s all bad, because a large portion of the film is given to exploring the character of James Bond, but there is stuff here that is problematic. Skyfall in essence reinvents the character a bit by introducing the problem of Bond aging, becoming a bit behind the curve. Because of that his relationships with those in MI6 and the British government are given a brand new element. This does give a fresh feel to Bond as a character, and there’s plenty of potential going forward, it’s just that not all of it works here.

With some developmental issues, and moments where the plot struggles in moving forward, Skyfall is nevertheless a success. Immensely entertaining, brilliantly acted, and with absolutely gorgeous visuals from Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins, this is not only a return to form for the Bond franchise, but one of the best Bond films period.

Grade: A-

Rated: PG-13 (for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking)

Skyfall opens in theaters on November 9, 2012.

The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

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The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

A possible film was previously discussed as an option to end the series, but that seems to be off the table now. The series finale will now be a “two-hour, drama-filled television event.”

As for what we can expect for the final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, it will “continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions.” We’ve already seen so many familiar and forgotten faces in season 7, so it will be nice to be able to say a final goodbye to even more characters.

On top of the returning characters, we can also expect a wedding! Obviously Ezria is the couple to watch for this, since they recently got engaged, but you never really know with Pretty Little Liars.

The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars season 7 is airing tomorrow, August 30, so we will have a long wait before the final 10 episodes air in April 2017.

The series finale will be followed by the premiere of Marlene King’s new series, Famous In Love. If you need a Pretty Little Liars fix after the show ends, this may be a good show for you to check out!

Famous In Love will be another one-hour drama that will supposedly “put the spotlight on the dark side of fame.” It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Rebecca Serle.

How do you feel about ‘Pretty Little Liars’ ending with season 7?

Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Three pieces of concept art appear to have been drawn up for the costume department. We’re also getting a look at Gaston (Luke Evans) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson):

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Finally, we have a shot of Luke Evans and a woman rehearsing a dance scene that appears to take place on top of a table. In the background you can see additional concept art depicting Mrs. Potts (in kettle form), Chip, and a piano (who might be played by Stanley Tucci and named Cadenza):

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Last week we got to see several other first looks from this same behind-the-scenes featurette, including Dan Stevens as the Beast (human form), Cogsworth, and Lumière.

At this rate, the whole behind-the-scenes look may be spoiled by the time the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is released to the world on September 20.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast arrives this March and is directed by Bill Condon.

Report: Warner Bros. wants Daniel Radcliffe to return for ‘Cursed Child’ movie

File this one under: Crazy rumor that's also somehow... plausible? (But it's probably not gonna happen.)

10:49 am EDT, August 29, 2016

If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

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If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

After all, as amazing as Jamie Parker is as Harry Potter on stage, Warner Bros., must be aware that most Harry Potter fans won’t be able to see the play live, and therefore wouldn’t necessarily be as hyped about a ‘Harry Potter movie’ that didn’t star the actors from the original movie series.

Related: Have you read all of Hypable’s original Cursed Child coverage? (There’s a lot!)

As NY Daily News notes, however, Radcliffe is very much doing his own thing, with even the sources admitting that he’d “need some persuading” before agreeing to reprise the role he’s trying very hard to distance himself from.

Aside from this small inconvenience, there are plenty of other reasons why this would not — and perhaps should not — work out.

First of all, Dan Radcliffe is currently 27 years old, and if Warner Bros. was really planning the Cursed Child movie for 2020, he’d have to play the part of a 36-40-year-old Harry in the movie at age >30. We all remember how awkward the Deathly Hallows epilogue turned out, and we’re sure there aren’t many of us who’d want an hours-long version of that (for not to mention the possibility that they’d split this story into two movies).

Second, once they got Radcliffe back, they’d have to get everyone else, too. You couldn’t just have the original Harry back while introducing a brand new Hermione, Ron, Draco, Ginny, etc.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter. While movie fans will probably always see Radcliffe’s face when thinking about the character, he existed on the pages of the novel series first, which means a potential Cursed Child movie wouldn’t be recasting anyone if they went with new actors — they’d simply pick a new, older set of actors to embody the iconic characters.

Having seen the play on stage, this writer would personally much rather see the original Cursed Child cast reprise their roles for any eventual movie version that Warner Bros. puts together. A lot of the play’s success hinges on these actors’ performances and chemistry, and it’d be a shame to lose that magic on screen.

Would you want to see Daniel Radcliffe back as Harry Potter in a ‘Cursed Child’ movie?