Spectre Film Review

Posted: November 14, 2015 in Movies
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Spectre is the newest James Bond movie of the Daniel Craig series. The previous three films built up to everything we know about Bond, the last one finally introducing Moneypenny and a young Q. This one finally introduces the classic Bond villain Blofeld and his organization Spectre.

This entry relies heavily on prior knowledge of the previous three entries. I’ve seen the other three when they came out, but while watching Spectre I found myself not remembering certain characters or other things mentioned in this film. The plot is topical for today, with a theme of surveillance/security vs privacy/individual freedom. It’s execution is rather simplistic with little insight into the issue. On a side note, interestingly enough, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which sought to emulate espionage films like James Bond, tackled this topic with much more interest and insight. There’s also a character that turns out to be working for Spectre, but it’s so obvious I don’t know if it can even be considered a plot twist.

WWE star Bautista stars as a henchmen of Blofeld. He’s naturally imposing and only has one line in the movie. However is first interaction with Bond is during a rather uninteresting car chase. Both Bond and Bautista have these super cool sports cars. However, while racing through the streets of Europe, I don’t know if it’s something about the way it was filmed or what, but on the big screen it looked like a low speed chase. It just didn’t look exciting.

By the end we find out Blofeld’s personal connection to Bond.  In this rebooted Bond world Spectre is not an acronym, it’s just a name. It does have a logo, that of an octopus. Again going back to Captain America, this may remind viewers of Hydra, the terrorist organization from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Towards the end it explores the theme of choice, James Bond believes he doesn’t have a choice to be anything other than who he is, and is challenged in this assumption. By this point it’s too late though. Spectre overall is just not interesting.

Undoubtedly there will be more James Bond movies. The credits do end with the standard “James Bond will return.” However, if this particular series ends here, it does end in such a way that wraps things up for this version of the character. Spectre does provide a solid ending for the Daniel Craig version of James Bond.

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