Sunday, March 31, 2013

Skyfall Opening Credits- A film in and of itself

Tonight I watched "Skyfall". I loved the movie but want to pay particular tribute to the opening credits, by Designer- Daniel Kleinman, because I think they are a fantastic work of art and I feel compelled to share. For those of you who have not seen the movie, Daniel Craig plays agent 007 in what is the 23rd James Bond film.

The first scene opens with a dramatic car chase between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and a bad guy...and ends with Bond's plunge into a river, where a giant hand reaches up and slowly pulls him down into what begins- some of the most beautiful movie credits I've ever seen. Adele starts singing her luscious song "Skyfall"(which won an Oscar) and we dive deeper and deeper into the depths with Bond- into worlds and levels of a computer game- each one giving us bits and hints about the story that is about to unfold. The cinematography is gorgeous- the colors-the glow of the green water, the play of light, the dramatic texture and movement that ushers us into each world at a perfect pace, the contrast from solemn black and white animated scenes leading into the piercing colors of red liquid slowly  bleeding into turquoise water. And to top it all off, Adele's singing hits you like a ton of bricks and makes the visual experience intense and larger than life. After it was over, I felt like the breath had been taken out of my lungs. What did you all think of it?

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