Taking cinemas by storm this week is Daniel Craig and the team behind Spectre – the fourth outing in the newly revamped Bond series!
In the outing we see a mysterious message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to stop the organisation. But as Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks to take down, that may be a game changer for Bond and everyone he holds close.
Right off the mark, Spectre explodes on the screen with a thrilling array of incredible set pieces as Bond tracks a hitman to the day of the dead in Mexico.
In this opening we are thrown into a world we haven’t met from Bond – in a seemingly revenge like form after the death of Judi Dench’s M in Skyfall. The opening didnt cease to stopp amazing the audience and I as we were treated to spectacular stunt work! A+ in my books!
Even Sam Smiths title piece Writings On The Wall told a story of bonds past, present and near future – showing many character stills entangled in an octopus like grip which foreshadowed later events – even though many fans alike were not impressed by Smiths song, it worked well here.
Spectre successfully showed off its awesome use of both practical and CGI effects, from pulse pounding air battles, dance like choreographed car chases and in your face fist fights – theses pieces are characters in their selves and can pack a punch to any modern day action flick.
This was indeed a massive positive when viewing and added a sense of awe about the story.
The characters are too a worthy mention, Craig cashes in yet another impressive performance in his fourth outing (and maybe last) – to note is his handling of some humor in the more in your face action scenes.
New comer Léa Seydoux who is our Bond girl gave a tremendous performance and can be seen as a shine in her scenes, along with her was Oscar winner Christoph Waltz who played Oberhauser was a worthy contender to Bond.
The supporting cast including Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista were a treat to watch but I just felt the story only focused on our three leads – but it wasn’t a bad thing. Although there are a few minor flaws to pick up on.
The pacing to Spectre at times felt a little off, jumping from high octaine moments to sometimes a stand still may put some viewers off key moments and others may lose interest – although it was only minor I felt it was relevant to mention.
The other miniature flaw was the insanely little use to Waltz’ character – I felt he should have been center stage for the most part but it seemed he was shoved out of the way from the more intimate moments for Bond.
Other than that Spectre was an interesting watch and a worthy story to add to the series – although it does not pack as much of a punch as Casino Royals – it does strive on tying the four outings in.
(Personal rating 3.5/5) – nerd out!