Rapid Review: Spectre (2015)

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“You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.”
– Mr White

SYNOPSIS: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. – via IMDB

SPECTRE DAY OF THE DEAD

GRADE 7After all this time I finally got to see Spectre over the weekend. I know, I am like the last person in the world to have watched this and to churn out a review for it, but so what? I have been looking forward to this movie for far too long. Right off the bat, I think people are being way too harsh on this movie. Granted, it is not like the other Craig Bond films we have come to expect, it wasn’t as serious or as gritty as the others, which is something that I missed, but it did not mean that there was nothing to love. Spectre was shot well, and looks great, and is carried by some solid performances. Craig is, of course, a phenomenal Bond and my favourite (though that is well known by now, I am sure), and Ben Whishaw makes for a wonderful Q, I still think that he represents a modernised Q perfectly. After I realised that this Bond might have more campier moments to it, I could even embrace the silly comments, and Q being a lot, uhm, more ridiculous than previously. He used to take things seriously, and next thing I know he is complaining about his cats and sniggering at his terribly awkward Aston jokes. Ralph Fiennes’s M started quite rocky here, as I definitely expected more backbone from his character. I have been itching to see Christoph Waltz take on Bond, and I was not disappointed. He was fantastic every moment he was on screen, which is nothing less than I expected. The man is such a phenomenal actor and excels at any role he decides to take on. I am totally looking forward to seeing more of his character in the upcoming Bond films, no ways did they bring him in just for this one. The scene with Madeleine and Bond in the traincar felt like a throwback to Casino Royale, but just didn’t sit right. In actual fact, there were tons of throwbacks to the older Bond films, and some worked better than others. I do enjoy how the last few Bond films (the Craig era) have all linked up nicely. Spectre also featured so much… well, Bond banging the world again, which was really disappointing, as the Craig Bonds have not really featured that aspect much, which was something I always appreciated. Monica Bellucci was case in point… she served no real purpose but to look beautiful. Léa Seydoux’s Dr Madeleine Swann was a really good Bond girl, she is a strong woman who can hold her own, so definitely a solid addition. Also, while Bautista may have been a villain of few words, I really liked him, and a throwback to the quieter henchman that just did their thing. I could not buy into South Africa being the holdouts on the whole Nine Eyes intelligence thing because, well, have you been reading anything smart about South Africa in the papers? Didn’t think so. Our government and intelligence agencies are a joke. Not even being nasty, but really, there is nothing there anymore, it’s embarrassing. I also really disliked that Sam Smith song Writing’s on the Wall (I have no idea who he is, I don’t listen to the radio, but he is not someone I will be listening to anytime soon – totally not my cup of tea), and I was no fan of the opening credits. I cringed. What a pity, too, because the whole octopus thing would have been fine, but instead was bordering on some extreme Hentai crap, and Daniel Craig could not have looked more awkward. Well, I am glad we got that out of the way. I was a huge fan of the opening sequence with the Day of the Dead parade, it was just gorgeous, but I do wish there had been some more to it. The action was top notch here, as always, and I liked little things in the movie that highlighted, once again, how emotionally damaged Craig’s Bond is (his flat that is bare, his drinking, how he can still not bare to deal with anything that touches on Vesper). Yes, Spectre has some drawbacks and shortcomings, and no, it was not quite the film I was expecting, but it is well worth a watch and it is fun, and it does go back to older Bond roots. It is totally not the disaster it has been painted.

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18 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Spectre (2015)

  1. ruth says:

    Hey Zoë! 7 seems so generous, ahah. Well as you know I’m a huge Bond fan and I find it so disappointing. Wish I could say Christoph Waltz was good but his character was terribly written. That song was hideous wasn’t it? But I like it as an instrumental piece, which I’m gonna be featuring shortly on my blog 😉

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    • Zoë says:

      Hahaha, this Bond outing generated some very mixed reviews! It was a bit uneven, but I am looking forward to what they will do with him in future (I hope). Ugh, that song! Will keep my eyes open!

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  2. mikeyb @ screenkicker says:

    I might be controversial here but i loved the opening credits and the song worked well in it! I thought the main flaw in the film was making Christophe Waltzs character so goofy. The story is pretty poor and the action isn’t great. i was disappointed 😦

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  3. Tom says:

    This film turned out to be the definition of ‘controversial,’ didn’t it? I love your review of it, you take the good with the bad, as you must with any Bond film.

    It’s interesting. I’ve actually gone back in Craig’s history and two things now stand out to me when compared to Spectre: 1) the second in this set, Quantum of Solace, is nowhere near as bad as people made it out to be (I at least got a lot of mileage out of it a second time around) and 2) Skyfall is filled with so many flaws it’s amazing that film has been heralded as the greatest Bond ever. It’s considerably weaker than I remember, but still good.

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    • Zoë says:

      It really did divide the audience, something I was not expecting, to be honest!

      1) Right?! I think people have GOT to get over the QOS hate. I think they were disappointed after the bang that was Casino Royale, but still. 2) While I enjoyed Skyfall significantly, I think it has much more to do with the way it was shot as opposed to the story itself. I thoroughly enjoyed Silva, but it is certainly not the greatest Bond film ever. For me, that is CR.

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  4. sweet Cheke says:

    This is the best craig bond film. It’s the only daniel craig bond film that I actually enjoyed watching. I can’t take any of the bond films seriously and this film did well not to take itself seriously at all.

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