If you thought Bond films are running out of ideas, you’d be correct. Spectre is the 24th film in the Bond franchise starring Daniel Craig as the world’s favourite spy… or are they called assassins now?
We start off with a super ambitious cold open that shows off some sweet cinematography. Unfortunately Roger Freaking Deakins wasn’t able to return to Sam Mendes’ 007 sequel but we get Hoyte van Hoytema (Her, Interstellar) who’s super versatile and clearly is able to work harmoniously with Mendes’ vision. The title sequence looks stunning but it’s too bad the Sam Smith song that comes with it kind of sucks. To be honest, it fits the movie perfectly because they’re both boring.
The biggest mistake this movie make is having it be a Bond sequel. It’s clear that Quantum of Solace was a one of the weaker films in the franchise and this one is literally the same premise with the ability to name drop “Spectre” into its sloppy script. This isn’t going to be an easy watch for a casual audience as it tends to unnecessarily reference previous Craig-era films instead of carving its own original story.
There were two main action scenes that stood out with one of them being the cold open and the second being a From Russia With Love-style fist fight (the references are strong with this one). Other than that, there’s virtually no tension during these chase scenes even though there are supposed to be stakes involved.
The acting is great. Craig nails it as usual and shares a lot of chemistry with Ben Whishaw’s Q. Unfortunately C’s (Andrew Scott) B plot (I love the alphabet!) is kind of dull as fuck and attempts the same things as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation but with less-than-spectacular results. Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Blue Is the Warmest Color) is clearly a Bond girl even though she says she’s not. Monica Bellucci was in the movie? Dave Bautista is a fun silent henchmen. Christoph Waltz is great but it’s a lot of wasted potential here with some unnecessary decisions made to tie his character into Bond’s past. To be honest I’m still trying to figure out what his deal is.
Spectre isn’t a bad movie, but it’s not exactly a good movie either, it’s kind of like if the story of Quantum of Solace had a baby with the boringness of Thunderball (Look! I can make references too!). I love Casino Royale and I adore Skyfall but this is a step in the wrong direction. In Skyfall, an old dog was taught new tricks. In Spectre, the same dog is doing the same tricks it was doing three years ago. The script in Skyfall wasn’t exactly the best thing ever written and this is a logical downgrade from that. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is literally the same movie which makes Spectre its bitch boy. Besides its breathtaking opening sequence and the acting, there’s nothing really in here to look forward to. The rest of the movie is pretty dull, the song sucks, action scenes were boring, and the music mix was too loud (but the score is good). If you’re a hardcore James Bond fan, you’re gonna go watch this for sure, but for everyone else, skip it. Or don’t. It’s a Bond film after all and you’re probably gonna go see it anyway.