FRIDAY NIGHT/MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: “Spectre” stars Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds), Léa Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Schindler’s List), Ben Wishaw (Cloud Atlas, I’m Not There.), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later…, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Andrew Scott (Saving Private Ryan, Pride), Jesper Christensen (Melancholia, The Interpreter), and Rory Kinnear (The Imitation Game, Penny Dreadful [TV series]). It is directed by Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road) and is written by John Logan (Gladiator, Rango), Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Johnny English), Robert Wade (Return to Sender, Plunkett and Macleane), and Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Black Mass). After the events of “Skyfall” we find James Bond (Craig) tracking down a man known as Oberhauser (Waltz), who is the head of a secret evil organization called SPECTRE. Bond must take this case alone and without help, for the MI6 is under heavy fire since the new head of the Centre of National Security, Max Denigh (Scott), believes that the 00 program is outdated and needs to be terminated.
DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN DUN DUN DUUUUUUUNNNNNN DUNDUN DUNDUNDUN! His name is Bond. James Bond. And I just want to put this out there: I have never seen a single James Bond film. Not a Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig walked across my screen and shot the glass, blood trickling down from the top. But I wanted to see one (to be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing all of them), it’s just I haven’t gotten the time to watch one or the money to buy them. Walking into “Spectre,” I had one question on my mind: “Do I need to see the previous three Daniel Craig films to watch this one?” Well, I would say yes. With these new movies comes a much larger scope of Bond. It’s not like how it used to be where every film is a reboot and you don’t need to watch the others to know what is going on. There are themes and story arcs that carry into each of these new movies, and for those of you that haven’t seen those, I would advise to look up the prior three films briefly before going into this one or you may be lost. There were some things I didn’t understand in this movie, but I got the gist of it all by the end. Something that seems evident in these Bond films is elegance (at least that’s what I’m told and this film proves its case). Sure they are over-the-top and the earlier ones can be one-dimensional with characters, but they are told to be fun and that’s what I got out of “Spectre.” It was an entertaining picture that had a lot of great things going for it. And to start this review with what I liked about it, the first pro I have to mention is the directing. The directing in this film was fantastic. There was a lot of great camera work in this movie, and the beginning alone was a great set piece. The way the camera followed Bond with almost no cuts in the beginning scene was amazing and there were several more genius scenes to pick apart in terms of the directing style. With the directing came the locations, and boy were there plenty of them! Everywhere Bond went was picturesque and the many set pieces gave way to humongous action scenes. These action sequences are choreographed masterfully and almost all of them are intense, my favorite being the train scene. At times I laughed during this movie, mainly during the helicopter scene, because like I said it can get over-the-top. No one can really go through what James Bond did and in a realistic sense he would never survive a lot of the things that came his way. But I can’t help but love it. I enjoy action films from “Mission: Impossible” to the “Bourne” flicks (well, not “Bourne Legacy”). To see Bond run on a crumbling building, fall down only to land safely on a couch, and stand up to fix his suit just makes the man awesome. Besides the action, the acting was terrific. Everyone held up their role and the characters are interesting to watch. Daniel Craig was great in his role and Christoph Waltz portrayed a fantastic villain, even though he barely showed up until the end (which would be my first con). Dave Bautista played a rather disappointing role, being a big henchman who basically serves the purpose of showing up to fight Bond. He did good in the fights though and it was probably best for him to not have a larger role than he did. Léa Seydoux was a great actress in this, playing Bond’s woman to save. She had a little more depth than I thought her character would. The story itself is really where all cons resign. Some scenes can drag on a little more than others, but it’s what is expected with a movie that is two and a half hours long. The villain in this wasn’t really present for most of the flick, leaving Bond to search for him while fighting his henchmen most of the way. Christoph Waltz was great whenever he showed up, but yet he only garnered a good portion of screen time towards the end. I would have liked him to be more of a hands-on nemesis. SPECTRE (the organization) itself was an interesting concept and I liked what their intentions were with how they will rise up and take over the world. That’s really all that was wrong with this movie. Anything else would be minor in terms of the plot. Overall, this was an entertaining experience. It had terrific acting and directing with enough action to satisfy anyone’s action-needs. I recommend anyone looking for a fun night to watch this! FINAL SCORE: 89%= Juicy Popcorn
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