Director Sam Mendes brings stunning visuals to the screen throughout the film. He brilliantly uses them to to illustrate that while new is good, one should never stop appreciating the old.
Whether it is the bright lights and modern beauty of today's Shanghai, or the rolling hills of Scotland, there is beauty everywhere to appreciate. Just as stunning is Berenice Marlohe, this edition's Bond girl. Bond girls usually don't have much of a role, and this is no exception, but when she's on screen, it's hard to notice anything else. For the ladies, I'm sure the same can be said for Craig's facial close-ups and shirtless scenes, of which there are plenty.
Dench plays a more pivotal role than in films past. Obviously, she's Judi Dench, so she's going to deliver.
In the end, Mendes' world for Bond is an exceptional mix of old and new that should have you and the rest of your audience impressed. The humor, the action, the hidden gems that pay homage to the character's legacy make for a wonderful moviegoing experience. Go see this film in the theater as soon as you can.