Spectre – A film that will spark your interest!
War of the Movies: 7.5/10
Directed by Sam Mendes
Released on November 6, 2015
Running Time: 148 minutes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw
After fighting his internal demons in Skyfall, James Bond is back and this time he must investigate a secret organization and its members after receiving a cryptic message. In order to discover the true identity of who lies at the head of the Spectre organization, Bond has no choice but to ally with Madeline Swann, the daughter of a former enemy who has critical information to bring down this said organization. M, meanwhile, has to fight against two fronts; on one side he is caught in a political maelstrom, fighting to overturn the abolition of the secret service which he heads, and on the other side he fights against the new project of national security which aims to get a deal with several countries to collect telephone and Internet data in order to spy on citizens.
For originality of the story, well let just say that it could use some work, since the basis of this new Bond is the same as the new Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Indeed, in their respective films, these two spies are left to themselves, without the possibility of support from their supervisor as a consequence of a request from a government agency of the country’s security to abolish special units in which they are parties, the Double Zero for James Bond and the IMF for Mission Impossible. The reason of the demand of the abolition is the same in both cases, they both are part of a project that drew too much attention by causing significant damages and is now considered obsolete in the eyes of national security. There are several other similarities that can be raised but I’ll leave you the pleasure to discover them during your viewing! The screenplay also has some weaknesses about its quality and the relevance of certain scenes, the film could also have been a little more condensed and slightly shorter, but nothing that will come to spoil our cinematic experience significantly. Still Spectre is an interesting movie for people who follow the news since it raises several questions about the morals to spy on an entire population and not just on potential targets.
Sam Mendes, who was at the helm of Skyfall, returns as the director of this twenty-fourth installment, continuing in the same vein as the previous movies starring Daniel Craig, which means by delivering us a film that is not only based on the gadgets, but which focus instead on a spy story. Even if the action is less present than what we were accustomed to see with Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and other Bond, it goes without saying that the explosions and chase scenes, whether on foot, car or plane, will definitely cut your breath away by the quality of the special effects and shots chosen for filming. The car chase alone cost over 37 million, the brand Aston Martin has designed a car specifically for Spectre, ten were built for filming, but only three survived!
Whether you like him or not as James Bond, Daniel Craig delivered a good performance which, in my opinion, was greater than Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, but less intense than Casino Royale. On the other hand, when he is on the screen at the same time as Christoph Waltz, he gets his shows stolen by this fabulous villain. Ralph Fiennes is also worth a mention as the successor of Judi Dench in the role of M. I must admit being septic by the choosing of the actor in Skyfall, but he proved brilliantly that he has what it takes to play in this series. The performance that disappointed me the most was that of Léa Seydoux as “Bond Girl”, I had difficulty believing in her character and I thought there was a lack of chemistry between her and Daniel Craig.
Amateur of spy movies and special effects, this new James Bond will surely know how to please you!
Should you see it?
The killer question: is it better or not than Skyfall? First, any fan of James Bond will appreciate this new opus! Some found that it was better than Skyfall since the story is more focused on an espionage investigation than on the depressive disorders of James Bond, while others will find that Spectre lacks some depth in the content despite its length of 148 minutes. However, Spectre remains a film I suggest to see on the big screen, the Aston Martin car chase alone is worth the ticket price!