James Bond – Spectre: Hit Or Miss?

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When I sat down to watch Spectre I was full of anticipation and excitement, memories of the previous Bond instalment (Skyfall) flooding into my mind.

Spectre did not disappoint. It was a classic Bond movie; full of mystery, action, style, an evil genius hell-bent on domination and destruction, a sexy Bond lady and a little insight into 007’s enigmatic character.

Quick note: all attempts have been made to avoid spoilers in this review.

Characters

Bond is again played by Daniel Craig who, despite coming under some fire recently, played the role masterfully in my opinion. Craig plays the suave, mysterious character of Bond perfectly. As he fights to once again save the world from an evil genius, we see his poised and purposeful character showing just the right amount of vulnerability to win over the audience. He does this while remaining composed, calculating and ready for anything.

There are actually two villains in Spectre, but the lead maniac (Ernst Stravo Blofeld) is played by Christoph Waltz. It is a masterful performance of sheer psychopathy, with the voice, mannerisms and looks all perfectly tailored do deliver maximum creepiness.

Lastly there is the beautiful Bond lady, played by Monica Bellucci. No Bond instalment would be complete without a gorgeous lady and a raunchy scene or three. Spectre is no exception, and Bellucci is incredible throughout the film.

Plot

The plot of Spectre should be of interest to practically any living person in the modern world. Naturally it’s all about spying on a mass scale, and the dilemmas and issues surrounding the current state of the mass surveillance system being rolled out before our eyes.

Spectre illuminates some of these issues and shows us just what might happen if the power of the global security system fell into the wrong hands.

The plot unfolds nicely, with several mysteries to keep the viewer intrigued, and enough depth in the characters to drive the plot forward seamlessly.

Cinematography

As expected in all Bond films, the style is flawless. Craig sports several dapper suits which wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of Vogue while Belucci looks like a runway model straight out of Milan throughout the entire film.

As far as camera work goes there were no noticeable problems and some great shots featured from the vantage points of planes, choppers, speedboats and even parachutes. Shot in Mexico and North Africa, there is beautiful scenery throughout mixed in with some epic shots of London towards the end.

Criticism

The only potential criticism of Spectre is built into the fact that it is a Bond movie, and so is quite predictable. Action-packed to a level of ridiculousness and hard to believe in some parts, this is both a criticism and part of what makes a Bond movie a Bond movie, and, therefore, is hard to change.

Some of the one-liners and script in general could have used a slight polish and was cheesy or over the top, but apart from that the movie is pretty flawless.

Summary

I’d recommend Spectre to any Bond movie fan; if you liked Skyfall, you’ll love Spectre.

I walked away from this movie thoroughly entertained and with several important questions about just how much of my privacy I am willing to give up in the name of security rattling around in my head.

Don’t miss Spectre, and if you get a chance to see it on the big screen before it’s too late, I highly recommend you do just that!

Take a look at G Freedom’s review of Knock Knock!

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