Movie Review: Spectre
Updated: May 26, 2019
'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.'
IMDb rating 7.1/10 Metacritic 60/100 Rotten Tomatoes 64%
Now I will preface the review that I have not seen any of the Daniel Craig Bond films in their entirety. I enjoy Bond films and have seen every other one multiple times but I just never got to seeing the other Craig films. Always been partial to Connery myself. After looking at the numbers of the reviews I am thinking maybe this was a bad one to start off my Daniel Craig experience with Bond or maybe it is better to start here cause then the others may be better by a landslide.
Now with every Bond movie you get a number of things like the gadgets from Q, the obligatory car chase to show off the tricks in the newest tricked out model of car. Some big time explosions and over the top scenes over all. Now there is over the top and there is this particular Bond flick, there is a scene when Bond infiltrates a meeting of Spectre and with a large number of people probably somewhere in the range of 200 manages to escape without much effort.
There is also a scene at the end of the movie that I had to call bullshit on as well when Bond is chasing the protagonist in a chopper by boat and manages to shoot it down with a 9mm handgun from a couple hundred yards at night. Now I am not doubting the lethality or velocity of the bullet at that kind of range because I know it is capable of lethal damage at 400+ yards but the accuracy out of a handgun at that range is near impossible and to top it off a moving chopping and boat in the water.
Oh my goodness how could I forget the typical Bond girl in the movie with which is swoops in and manages to have his way with. And the conquest in this particular movie is the widow of a Spectre agent that Bond has killed himself and admits to the widow and within a matter of minutes he manages to get into her pants and bed. Seriously?! Let alone she has just gotten back from a funeral for her dead husband and then runs into his killer and yet she manages to jump into the sack with his killer. Who writes this stuff? Ian Fleming not in this case because the stuff they adapted from his books I liked.
Now the runtime on the flick was almost two and a half hours, and most of which I was clock watching knowing how much was left in the movie. Wondering how and when the plot would proceed and perhaps something interesting might come on the screen I was usually left disappointed.
Casting I can't say that I was impressed with Craig's portrayal of Bond overall, I would say it was average but not the blow my socks off type of performance that people have told me about in the past movies. Fiennes as M was a great fit in my opinion, Fiennes is brilliant and always perfect for playing a prim and proper Brit. I am thinking that Fiennes could have played Bond better in the film. The other casting job that seemed quite perfect was the former wrestler Bautista (Yes the one that played Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy). He played Mr. Hinx an assassin for Spectre and it was the perfect role because of the lack of lines he had to deliver.
The storyline of the film had some promise with Bond searching out Spectre and Spectre working with a mole with the
codename C looking at combining the security and intelligence of 9 countries all the while working on elimination the 00 program due to its recent instability and casualties with the agents involved in particular Bond himself. It just failed to make it believable in my eyes and that is with the understanding that it was going to be over the top to begin with being a Bond film.
This movie had a large budget of between $250-300 million and managed to pull in over $800 million in box office so far, so financially it is a success but I hope they can get back to the roots of the Bond franchise if there are any future movies coming. I know there have been discussions that Craig is finished with the Bond franchise and there are many speculations about the next one in line. Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and even Michael Fassbender have been mentioned in those rumours. But only time will tell what is in store for James Bond and the franchise but I am hoping they serious take a look at the franchise and give their heads a shake before the next one begins the process.
2.5 Beards out of 5