Exciting review today folks, Spectre has just landed, I watched it last night and am ready to review.
So, as we already know, Daniel Craig stars as Bond, Ralph Fiennes plays M after Judy Dench’s character’s tragic death in Skyfall (hallelujah!). Our villain is the awesome Christolph Waltz and our Bond girl this time is the lovely Lea Seydoux. Along with Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, it makes for an awfully good-looking cast I must say. Sam Mendes returns to direct Spectre after Skyfall and does a darn good job of it.
Without saying too much and spoiling it for ya’ll, the Double O service is in trouble with a higher government organisation trying to shut them down and, at the same time, Bond comes across an evil organisation which must be stopped. I shan’t say any more.
There’s so much to look at with a Bond film, so I’ll start with the beginning; the opening fight sequence. This takes place in Mexico on the Day of the Dead. Awesome costumes and music appear as we go through the festival with long, smooth takes. Bond is cool and casual as he seeks out his victim and from there, violence and action escalate. I enjoyed the opening scene, some people say it’s the best yet; I wouldn’t say so but it’s definitely up there with the best. What I didn’t like about it was the naff CGI background when Bond is fighting with the baddie in a helicopter, we’d have long shots showing the helicopter in mayhem but when it cut to inside the helicopter it just looked a tad fake.
Next, onto the opening titles which are always a big deal. When Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” was released a few weeks back, I hated it. I thought there was no way that it lived up to the standard of other bond theme songs. But, with the added sleek visuals, it really worked. But I’d never listen to the song on its own, it needs the visuals (soz Sam).
The film is shot and edited beautifully as you’d expect with a Bond film. Gorgeous locations which very much make me want to go on holiday. Pretty cars which I know nothing about except that they’re Aston Martins and that they look and sound cool. One unfortunately ends up in the bottom of a river, but life goes on. The music still has that classic Bond trumpet twang about it but it felt darker this time, giving the film more of an edge.
The film’s full of high power, tense car chases and fight scenes which we all love. Some of the fighting’s a little cliché but all Bond films are a little like that I suppose.
Acting was top-notch as per usual. Dan delivered the stubborn, arrogant but kick-ass Bond that we all love. Lea was a pretty cool Bond girl I must say; she made the character really feisty and headstrong which I liked. Mr Fiennes offered some comical moments as a stern M. I love Ben Whishaw’s portrayal of Q, he’s young and funny and brings a fun light to the Bond films.
I am such a big fan of Christolph Waltz, but wasn’t overpowered by his character. Yes he’s dark and evil, but compared to our last villain in Skyfall (Javier Bardem as Silva), he’s a little dull. Evil, but I just felt like there could have been a bit more depth to him.
Go see it:
The film is awesome don’t get me wrong but I just wasn’t ecstatic when I came out of the cinema. I’d rate it 8/10 … It just needed a bit more of a thrill in the narrative to bump it up to a 10. But a very good film overall.
Check out the trailer:
If you’ve seen Spectre, let me know what you think!