Spectre is a massively budgeted action bonanza that gives Bond fans exactly what they know and love. However, it will forever live in the shadows of its predecessors Casino Royale and Skyfall. Instead of focusing on it not being as good as Skyfall or Casino Royale I wanted to highlight why it is a fun Bond film on its own merits.
1. The Opening Day of the Dead Sequence is fantastic.
The opening of Spectre is insane. It is an expertly crafted set piece that involves thousands of extras, many explosions and a helicopter fight. What makes this scene stand out is the beautiful cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar). Van Hoytema employed jar dropping steadicam work and builds a seductive and dangerous set piece.
2. Lea Seydoux is an excellent Bond girl.
James Bond loves French women. Eva Green broke his heart in Casino Royale and now Lea Seydoux is charming the super spy. Seydoux's character is resourceful, smart and looks great in very expensive dresses.
What I like about Seydoux's character Madeleine Swan is that she has her own secrets and doesn't need a man to save her. She is obviously in over her head, but I love how she comes through in the clutch. The reason so many people love Casino Royale is because they like the Bond/Vesper relationship. I have a feeling that people will look at Swan with appreciation in the years to come.
3. The Car Chases are incredible
You haven't lived until you've seen two super cars chasing each other through the streets of Rome. It seems like the Bond producers learned from Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Fast Six and created a hybrid chase of their own.
I love the car chase in Rome because it accomplishes several things at once. In the process of one chase we get expository dialogue, fun humor and plot development. The chase doesn't feel gratuitous and I couldn't believe how fun it was. Check out this video to see the beautiful cars in action.
4. Dave Bautista brings back memories of past Bond henchmen
A good Bond villain needs a good henchman. Dave Bautista is perfect as a henchman named Hinx who says little and punches a lot. His size and physicality add something to the fights and the Bond world has never had this kind of baddie. He is an athletic, big man who can pull off amazing fights.
Prior goons like Odd Job and Jaws were memorable but their fights weren't spectacular. They got by on personality (which is great) but watching Bond and Hinx destroy a train while brawling was glorious.
5. Christoph Waltz is the best
His character may be slightly underwritten but is doesn't matter. Anything Waltz touches is pure gold and when he is monologuing whilst wearing loafers with no socks it is glorious. Bond movies are at their best when the villain is good, and Waltz is always good.
You will 100% believe Waltz could be the boss of a worldwide crime syndicate, and that is why the character works. I love that Waltz embraces the villains of Bond's past and literally wants to have the entire world under surveillance. That is perfect.
What did you think about Spectre?