Monday, June 19, 2017

Movie Review: Spectre (2015)

Movie: Spectre (2015)

Director: Sam Mendes

Writer: John Logan (screenplay), Neil Purvis (screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), & Ian Fleming

Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, & Rory Kinnear

One-Line Plot Synopsis: James Bond (Craig) follows clues that delve him deeper into the SPECTRE crime organization.

Daniel Craig is back once again to play the broken and vulnerable James Bond that we've come to expect from him in his portrayal of the British spy.  The story continues for him in his quest to delve deeper into the underground crime organization known as SPECTRE, hence the name of the movie.

I'm going to go quickly, character by character, and then get to the movie itself.

Daniel Craig as James Bond - Always awesome.

Ben Wishaw as the young Q - His voice and look definitely fit the character that he's supposed to be playing.  A smart inventor of clever and crafty weapons made specifically for Mr. Bond.  I have a feeling I'm going to become a Wishaw fan in the future.

Christoph Waltz as Blofeld - Not the coolest name for a villain but if Waltz excels at anything, it's a being a menacing villain.  I'm sure he must be kind of getting sick of playing villains now but he's just so damn good at it.

Lea Seydoux as Madeleine - Well, she looks good at least.  Acting, not so much.

Monica Bellucci as Lucia - She was billed as the oldest woman to be a so-called "Bond Girl."  I don't know if she has a big enough role to technically qualify as a "Bond Girl," but she still has the goods, that's for sure.  Great accent too.

Dave Bautista as Hinx - I had only seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy where he is unexpectedly hilarious.  He's basically built to be a henchman if you need one.

Ralph Fiennes as M - If you need a great actor to play someone of British Intelligence, you can't do much better than Ralph Fiennes (I still can't get over how his name is pronounced Rafe and not Ralf).

Naomie Harris a Moneypenny - I've loved her ever since 28 Days Later...Naomie is my girl.

This is Sam Mendes' second time directing a Bond film after collaborating with Craig on Skyfall.  I definitely enjoyed Skyfall more than Spectre but Casino Royale is still the best Bond film that Craig has made.  I read that he signed on for at least one more Bond film after this, so let's hope that one gets back to its roots.  The next movie will be called Bond 25 but I haven't seen a director announced for it yet so I'm not sure if Mendes will still be involved or not.

For continuing the story that was started over the last couple of movies into Spectre, I expected to be more invested in the story but unfortunately, that didn't end up being the case.  It might have had something to do with Seydoux being as emotional as a rock.  This was definitely not the best Bond movie, but if you're going to say you watch them all, you have to knock this one of the list, and Christoph Waltz is always engaging to watch be villainous.

Rating: 6/10