Spectre: Bond is Back and In Style

Spectre (2015)

Director – Sam Mendes

Writer – A coalition of multiple writers meaning like 9

Starring – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, and Andrew Scott

Rating – PG-13

Metascore – 60/100 

Rotten Tomatoes – 64%

Spectre is the 4th Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, although most of us wish we could forget Quantum of Solace. Spectre is set immediately after Skyfall and keeps trucking right along. The basic plot is that the OO program has been labeled outdated and that the government can get all the information that OO agents get with drones etc. There is also a terrorist organization within the movie that plays the main antagonist and is headed by Christoph Waltz.

First of all the movie is BEAUTIFUL. All of the destination and set pieces are wonderful.  The cinematography is by far the strongest point of this movie, no doubt because the Director of Photography was Hoyte Hoytema (Interstellar, the Fighter, and Her). It opens with about a 5 minute tracking shot that does not cut once.  It was absolutely stunning.  Also the costume department for this movie spared no expense in style because every character in the movie is immaculately dressed.

Spectre is not like any of the previous Craig films and is extremely campy.  It reminisces Pierce Brosnan and other previous Bonds with ridiculous costume changes and things only Bond could do (like taking down a helicopter from a quarter of a mile away with the classic Walther PPK,  Bond’s favorite handgun, and did I mention this was from a moving speedboat?) There is absolutely nothing wrong with this film paying homage to the original Bond’s and it’s fitting for Daniel Craig to end his career as Bond on such a note. It does however, break the trend which was set with Casino Royale of a more arrogant and reckless Bond.

The acting in the movie is okay, maybe tied for the weakest part of the film alongside the screenplay.  The problems with the acting lie in the attitude of Daniel Craig, who is blatantly done with the character.

“Can you imagine doing another Bond movie?”

“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

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There is some sarcasm in his statement but you can really tell a difference between his performance in Casino Royale and Spectre. Casino Royale was a fresh breath in the Bond series and is one of the best action films of the past decade, largely because of its villain Le Chiffre played by Mads Mikkelsen.  Unfortunately the writers did nothing in Spectre with the talent they had in Christoph Waltz who could have been one of the better Bond villains.  Although the scene where he is introduced was the best part of the movie and had the best cinematography of the movie, but after his introduction they turn him into a weak excuse for a man monologueing and torturing Bond.

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The movie in whole is a blast and should have been the best action movie this year but Kingsman and MI Rogue Nation are much better and I would highly recommend you see those.  But in all you should see Spectre as it is a wonderfully shot film and a classic Bond film.

TLDR – Bond is back in his classic fashion.  He’s stylish and he’s got flair. Beautifully shot but unfortunately a disinterested Daniel Craig and undeveloped villain, due to the screenplay, make this movie unable to live up to its potential. Go see it but don’t set your expectations too high!

499 Rating – 7.2/10

Author : Jesse Ingram

 

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