With Spectre coming out in the U.K today. There has been a lot of hype around due to the financial success and high quality of its predecessor, Skyfall. But does this movie live up to the hype?
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.
One of the best things about the last 4 Bond films, is Daniel Craig, for me personally, he is the best Bond out of everybody, he is smart, strong, and has a keen eye for the ladies, he embodies everything we think off when talking about James Bond, and it translates into the Bond movies, including and especially this one. It may look like he is getting older, but it does not have any impact when it hits the fan!
Another great part of this movie is the world class story-telling it has, the script is great, and the level of acting enhances the dialogue between the characters, which in turn helps us, the viewers get into the story-line, which in itself is packed with fast paced action and heart-felt moments throughout. With Sam Mendes coming back to direct the next Bond after the great success of Skyfall, and you see the same effective story-telling here, which is never a bad thing!
As this is a Non-Spoiler review, I cannot go into too much detail, but once you see the movie, you'll know what I mean!
My biggest disappointed in this movie is the surprisingly weak villain! Bond movies are famous for it's villains, and how effective they can be to the Bond characters. But in this movie, they leave him a mystery for half the movie, then for the other half, he has this generic motive against James Bond, which is very frustrating to watch. When we do see him properly, we do see where Sam Mendes was going with this character (kind of), but for me, it just missed its mark when it came to execution.
When Christoph Waltz was cast as the villain in the movie, I genuinely believed he would be one of the best villains ever in Bond, but in actual fact, he was just an average action movie villain...
James Bond is also known for its Bond girls, now this one does not bother me as much as the Spectre Villain, but it does have to be addressed, everyone behind the Bond movie called Monica the Bond girl, but in actual fact, we see her for around 5 Minutes, and the actual reasoning for her being in the movie is non-existent, so why have her in the movie! I feel she was treated very poorly through both lack of screen time, and lack of quality within that screen time.
Despite the lack of a Bond girl, and a rather disappointingly generic Villain, I was acutally quite impressed with Spectre, the story continued to have a great mixture of high octane action, and vital character development.
I half expected this movie to not match Skyfall, but that's because of Skyfalls success, and not the failure of Spectre. Never-the-less, if you are looking for a fun time at the cinema, then this is certainly the film to choose this week-end!
So what do you think of the film? Comment Below and Let me Know!