Title – Spectre (2015)
Director – Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
Cast – Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci
Plot – James Bond (Craig) goes against orders in his plight to track down the head of nefarious organisation Spectre known as Oberhauser (Waltz). Along his world spanning mission Bond runs across Madeline (Seydoux) a woman that may just represent his best chance at true love and a normal life.
“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond”
Review by Eddie on 22/03/2016
It was always going to be a tough ask for Spectre to follow on in the footsteps of its beloved predecessor Skyfall, the most critically lauded and successful James Bond film ever and while returning director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig belt up for the ride once more, you can’t escape the feeling that Spectre was a big budgeted non-event that will likely herald in the last time we see the nigh on permanently bored looking Craig as the lady killing 00 agent.
Spectre feels like the companion to Skyfall the film Quantum of Solace was to the well-received reboot of the franchise Casino Royale, a film lost in a procession of scene after scene with no real glue holding it all together, no true structure and fluid tone and as his press tour for the film attested to it seems as though Craig has now officially outstayed his welcome within the body of perfectly tailored suits and sleek sports cars.
Craig was always a curious choice as Bond but in both Casino Royale and Skyfall he seemed the perfect foil to what was going on around him where in Spectre as Bond tracks down the shady organisation run by the underused and thankfully not hamming it up Christoph Waltz’s definitely not Blofeld and falls in love with Lea Seydoux’s bland Madeline, Craig seems like the anchor dragging the ship to a stop while Mende’s somehow loses his mojo that served him so well in Skyfall.
Skyfall was energetically put together, beautifully lensed (thanks Roger Deakins) and in many ways thrilling and while Spectre certainly looks the part (thanks Hoyte Van Hoytema) and harbors some great scenes like the standout opening stanza during the Day of the Dead parade and an explosive desert set getaway, the film manages to forget to gel any of the no doubt intricate set pieces into a manner that befits an entertaining progression of events.
These procession of events eventually culminate in such a lacklustre and disappointing finale that you’ll be feeling rightfully ripped off as the film’s best moments were when Waltz got some screen time and it’s very likely that even the most ardent of Bond fans will be wishing Mendes and his team had forgone another OTT set piece in favour of the sadly unexplored opportunities that lay at their fingertips regarding this intriguing villain and his history with Bond.
While it’s got bright moments and made a huge haul box office wise, Spectre feels like the end of an era for this particular moment in the Bond series and when a film on this scale feels so forgettable this surely can’t be a bad thing much like Craig passing on the baton to the next and hopefully more enthusiastic martini loving superspy.
2 ½ white fluffy cats out of 5
I wish the story was better and that they could have handled Waltz better but I still liked it. I’m a huge Bond fan so maybe I liked it more than I should have.
I’m not the biggest of Bond fans mate but I found this one a little off in tone and pacing, I just couldn’t help but sense that Craig couldn’t of cared less.
In the grand scheme of the series, this one was a little weird. I’d be okay if this was Craig’s last movie.
I think he would be to Keith, judging by his media persona to it ha.
I wouldn’t compare this to QoS, that was absolute rubbish. I did love the cinematography and score, there were some great moments as you said as well
A fair review 🙂
Cheers Prime. I almost wish it was similar to QoS in length ha, this one felt a little overblown. It certainly did have good moments though just found it hugely forgettable overall.
Hey, its still FAR better than most of the Roger Moore Bonds, and I reckon watching Never Say Never Again should add even more perspective. Spectre isn’t the best Bond, but its not the disaster many will have us believe. Good review though, you certainly make some valid points.
Cheers Ghost – its been some years since I’ve seen those old Bond entries ha I don’t think I could ever handle them again.
I actually thought Waltz was awful. He didn’t seem to get the tone of the film and went for a quirky bad guy. I agree with the rest of your review though.
I was dreading seeing Waltz mate but ended up really digging him, I am so over him playing the bad guy roles but I reckon they could’ve utilised him a little more in the 140 minute plus run time.
Yeah maybe they could have fleshed him out a bit more. But when he was onscreen I felt he was too ‘wacky’. Great review mate.
Cheers Mikeyb! I do wonder who will don the Bond suit in the next outing, my hope is Idris Elba ha.
I thought it was one of the best Bond films, liked it way better than Skyfall. This had so much action in it and never got bored.
Yeh for some reason Wheel I found the whole thing had an air of dullness hanging over it, maybe I am just to spoiled with movie blockbusters these days continually ramping up the ante.
My opinion of Spectre was that it was weak compared to Skyfall and Casino Royale, but LOADS better than the absolute mess that was Quantum of Solace. I think I liked it because of the gorgeous cinematography and the score but at the same time felt the movie could, at times, have taken itself more seriously.
Some solid points there mate.
I hated the fact the villian had history with bond. Stupid sibling rivalry.
It did feel fairly tacked on I must admit.
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