spectre – a ghost of what should’ve been

Spectre is the latest James Bond film and the fourth film with Daniel Craig as our favorite super spy. It also stars Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monia Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. The film is directed by Sam Mendes, his second Bond film following Skyfall, and it’s written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth.
This time around James Bond has his first encounter with the criminal organization Spectre. We learn how the past three films are connected and how Spectre is connected to James.

The good; the action is top notch. The opening scene takes place Mexico where the Day of the Dead celebration is going on. The sheer scope of the location and people is amazing. This all goes to show how Bond tracks done a target. The scene then goes from buildings to a blown up building to a helicopter. The action and fighting that take place in the helicopter are high octane and very well executed.
Sure there are a couple moments where the shakey cam is used, but it isn’t used to excess.

The bad; it’s cramming a lot into one movie. Without getting too much into the spoiler/detail arena… Spectre ties in all the Bond films of this era, yes, even Quantum of Solace. It’s all action but not enough substance.

I found myself fidgeting in my seat, this was my body telling me that I wasn’t engaged in the film at all. The bond girl here didn’t do it for me, I thought it was the age gap at first, but the presence just wasn’t there.

The film spends too much time chasing a mystery, it’s all build up to something Bond movie goers already know, making the final reveal anti-climactic.

Overall, I wrestled with this one, but I’ve got to go with my gut, I can’t recommend it. Skyfall was a much more satisfying film, even though Spectre is the most expensive Bond film to date, boasting a budget between $245-300 million. Some of that budget should’ve went into the script development.

Fade out-
Eugene

 

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