March 08, 2016

Spectre

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux

Synopsis

After being stripped of his authority by MI6, a rogue James Bond receives a cryptic message from his past sending him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Let me start by saying, as a lifelong James Bond enthusiast, I enjoyed this latest offering of Bond. That being said there are several issues with the movie on a whole. The beautifully done opening pre title sequence shot in Mexico City was by far the most memorable moment of the movie, afterwards it tailed off into obscurity. Park the Aston Martin and get out, this is not a fun ride any more.

As a fan of the Daniel Craig era of Bond, I thought they were really onto a solid reboot of the franchise with the stellar offering of Skyfall, but SPECTRE falls short of the mark. The main downfall being the absence of a believable enemy of Bond.  They shoehorn in Skyfall related backstory between the two, stripping Christoph Waltz’s villain of any believable or meaningful terror. Then SPECTRE bounces from one action scene to another without anyone really understanding why.

Director Sam Mendes shoots SPECTRE superbly; the cinematography is on point, although I could have done without the shaky cam fight scenes which left me feeling nauseous rather than excited. Craig delivers his usual sullen anti-hero performance, yet still dripping with charm. Female lead Lea Seydoux plays character Madeleine well, but I can't help but feel they could have explored the writing of her character more. The supporting cast does well, in particular Ralph Fiennes. However Dave Bautista as Mr Hinx the hired, almost mute (he said one word), muscle of SPECTRE was laughable and surely would have made the late Robert Shaw turn in his grave with the intended nod to his character Donald Grant in From Russia With Love. 

SPECTRE is a poorly written yet still very entertaining film. For every heart racing action sequence, there was a deflating scene full of dialogue that was muddled at best. There were moments akin to the classic Bond clichés of old and almost nods towards greatness, but sadly at the end, a very average outing. If this is, as suspected, Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the Tux wearing, Lady charming James Bond, then he is  at least, going out with a bang or six, they blew up a lot of things, I stopped counting.

Matt <3 :)

Rating: Pillowsac + Cubesac