Today I went to go see the next Bond film Spectre, this one starts Bond following a lead in Mexico where he uncovers a terrorist organisation that will stop at nothing to control the world's governments. Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista and Monica Bellucci.
There are quite a few positives to this film which include: great action, good acting, great plot progression, an intriguing story and a good amount of tension. The action set pieces in this film are stunning to look at and are placed throughout the film at the perfect moments to keep you on the edge of your seat for the full run time; all the action scenes were filled with tension (apart from one which I will get onto later) and even though there is a great variety of them (gun combat, hand-to-hand and car chases) they are all well directed and exciting. Daniel Craig shows again that he is one of the best Bonds ever to take up the role, his performance in this film is the best one he's done so far. He has perfected all the bond mannerisms and manages to be both suave and bad ass. Léa Seydoux is really good in this movie as the Bond girl Madeleine Swann, her performance is convincing and engaging. Christoph Waltz plays a great villain as even though he has limited screen time he still managed to be menacing. The plot of this film is really intriguing as you try to work out what the villain's end game is and how Bond can hope to stop him.
Unfortunately I do have a few problems with this film, one of which is that the villain's motive isn't well defined. His motives were shown in the film but they weren't examined very well so it makes it seem that we have a mustache-twirling villain that is evil for the sake of being evil which can be done right, for example The Dark Knight. The problem is that he isn't in it for causing chaos, his motives are there but you have to really search for them which is fine but what made Skyfall and especially Casino Royale great was their memorable villains with understandable motives. They also try to link all the other Craig Bond films together, which understandably they already were with 'The Organisation', and for me I understood the connection but for me it didn't seem to work; they didn't give much explanation with the connection you're just meant to accept it and move on. The only other problem I had was something that was similar to Skyfall, the special effects. The Bond franchise prides itself on practical effects (which are phenomenal) but they don't seem to have mastered CGI as most of the time when it is used it is very noticeable, the motorbike chase for example in Skyfall; it happens less often in Spectre but it is still there, the most noticeable scene was in the opening action sequence (also in the trailer so no spoilers) when Bond is on a rooftop and the other building explodes and debris falls on him. All the shots where it shows Bond's face or body against the background are very clearly CGI which is frustrating but it doesn't ruin the film. As I mentioned earlier one action scene had little to no tension in it and that was the car chase with the DB10, the car chase was well directed but a combination of factors took away the tension. The score was completely overpowering, Bond is talking to others on the phone the whole time and comedy is littered throughout; all of these make the chase seem more trivial than life threatening and threat to the main character is the basis of building tension.
Overall I really enjoyed Spectre and it would be a fitting end to both Sam Mendes' and Daniel Craig's additions to the franchise which seems more likely the more Craig is interviewed. Even though the film has its flaws it is still a very good Bond film and it is definitely worth watching, so taking everything into consideration I rate this film: