Spectre – Review
James Bond 007 has always been apart of my life since I was a kid. The fond memories fill my past watching the classic Bond films countless times as I spent weekends hanging out with my best friend growing up. With each 007, I still get excited with the anticipation of the film release. Spectre was no different. Daniel Craig’s version of Bond has been one of my favorites, and his performance in Spectre is just as good as his recent, which is expressed in my review.
The 2015 action thriller, Spectre is based on 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever film, where the Spectre organization made it’s first appearence. The backstory for Spectre kicks off with a cryptic message personally sent to James Bond (Daniel Craig) following the recent events of Skyfall. The storyline is tied into all previous Daniel Craig films, leading the audience on one suspenseful journey.
In Mexico, Bond engages in his target which causes several tightened security arrangements back at MI6 as they look to rebuild after the devastating blow during Skyfall. With a little assistance from Q (Ben Whishaw) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), 007 has an unique encounter with an infamous criminal’s widow (Monica Bullucci). The meeting leads Bond to infiltrate a secret gathering where he uncovers the existence of a major criminal organization called, SPECTRE. The group is lead by a mysterious man (Christoph Waltz) who has a disturbing tie to Bond’s past. Crossing paths with an old nemesis’ daughter (Léa Seydoux), Bond digs deeper to reveal the plans and save his allies.
Usually, I don’t like to read reviews prior to seeing a film so my judgement isn’t influenced, but for some reason I couldn’t help myself and I read several negative remarks regarding Spectre. With this in mind, I actually believed it helped me enjoy the film even more. My expectations were set low and Spectre was only able to impress me with it’s great work. Sure the film has a few over the top scenes, but it really feels like a true Bond film. It may feel a little long winded in connecting the previous stories, but in my opinion I am glad Director Sam Mendes took time doing this because everything came together full circle. The beautiful Cinematography was done by, Hoyte van Hoytema with excellent music composed by, Thomas Newman.
Daniel Craig delivers yet another marvelous Bond, with a fantastic Christoph Waltz as the villain. Waltz never disappoints. His acting continues to be a favorite of mine. One thing that fell short for me was the performance by Léa Seydoux as the Bond girl. Yes, she is beautiful, but her role seemed a bit forced leaving me think casting could’ve been better. Some think this might be the last Bond film for Daniel Craig, but the options are there to extend the franchise.
Don’t let the critics make your decision on seeing Spectre, decide for yourself, but my recommendation would be to see it in theaters. Plus, the fans gave better scores. If you’re looking for an action packed suspenseful thriller, Spectre is the right fit.
About: Jake Grunwald
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