Spectre Review

Just thinking back to years ago, I was one of the many who thought Daniel Craig wouldn’t cut it as James Bond but after Casino Royale, man….how awesome was he!

And here we are 4 films later with Spectre, the movie that links it all.

Bond (Daniel Craig) following Marco Sciarra through the Dia de los Muertos procession in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.  Tolsa Square, Mexico City.
Bond (Daniel Craig) following Marco Sciarra through the Dia de los Muertos procession in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE. Tolsa Square, Mexico City.

The Plot

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. 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.

Dave Bautista in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.
Dave Bautista in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.

The Verdict

Daniel Craig has definitely rejuvenated the franchise and in his fourth outing as 007, he’s looking even more comfortable in the role. I think the most crucial aspect of this film would be getting Sam Mendes back as director and you can see that continuity from Skyfall which is so important to the plot.

I have to say Mendes does a great job in setting the pace and tone of the movie, a lot better than Skyfall in terms of pace in my opinion. It’s very clear in terms of the continuation from Skyfall and as usual everything is very beautifully filmed.

The opening scene as always is the one thing I look out for in every Bond film and this one doesn’t disappoint.

If anything I’d say the negatives are that Christoph Waltz isn’t as strong a villian as Javier Bardem but hey that’s only because Bardem did such an awesome job in Skyfall. The Bond girls aren’t as strong and I really wish there was more of the Aston Martin DB10 (That chase scene by the way will give The Fast and Furious a run for their money)

The plus points are the partnership we got a hint of in Skyfall between Bond and Ben Whishaw’s Q. I love the dynamics between the two especially how it’s between an older and younger guy, one a bit of a brawler and the other a tech guy.

The characters feel more familiar this time and I really hope Craig stays for at least 1 if not 2 more Bond films though at 47, I can understand why he’d want to quit.

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.
Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Spectre opens in cinemas Nov 5

Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

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