WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead.
‘It was me, James. The author of all your pain’
I had the pleasure of watching Spectre in the cinema, before it became just another film on a DVD shelf or another title on an online film site. Spectre is the 24th James Bond film and this time, James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds a cryptic message left by the father of the stunning Bond girl Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) and a chilling connection with the enemy Franz Oberhouser, or as some assumed, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
The only other James Bond film that I remember watching is Skyfall, and that was a reasonably ok Bond movie. Spectre leads on very well from its predecessing film. What comes with another Bond film is of course the hype. A lot of hype for what turned out to be a two minute scene out of a two and a half hour film, so the remaining two hours were made to stand on its own and figure itself out. That is my only criticism of the movie. The intro scene was very mesmerizing.
I loved the action sequences, the adrenaline kicking fight scenes, some very cool and recognizable filming locations (two of my cousins were some of the many location people behind the scenes of the film) and hanging out of aero planes that comes with every James Bond film. Dr Swann was actually a rather badass female character who wasn’t afraid to carry around a gun, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whinsaw were brilliant and skilled in their roles as their respective roles as M and Q and Naomi Harris was very good as Moneypenny. Sam Smith’s ‘Writing on the Wall’ suited the film although some people didn’t like it because it wasn’t upbeat and it was not like the previous Bond theme tunes. It sounded like a very good orchestra led piece amongst an action filled movie.
The cinema had no free seats when I went to watch Spectre with my Mum. The actor that I would praise the most for his performance would be Christoph Waltz. He was cunning and manipulative, an incredible Bond villain and he was indestructible (aside from his eye). Words can never describe how brilliant he was as his character. I also watched nearly all his Spectre interviews before watching the film and I was surprised by the twist and how he was in the shadows but he was eventually revealed. I shouldn’t judge actors by the characters that they played but the one line between Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes was pure acting gold, like a conversation between Lord Voldermort and Colonel Hans Landa.
Spectre is a typical Bond film with plenty of vodka Martinis, women, Daniel Craig looking hot as usual, bombs, aero planes, special effects, billions of extras in the opening scene of the next Oscar season, some really incredible costumes and an unforgettable Bond villain with the biggest plot twist.
I hope that Christoph Waltz comes back in some way into the next and Daniel Craig should still be Bond in the next movie (if there ever will be a next one, and if they agree to do another one). I loved the artwork in the beginning of the movie and millions of people would have been behind the scenes of the opening scene.
Overall, a little too hyped and at times, the plot was everywhere but it was generally an incredible film that I wouldn’t mind seeing again in the near future.
Also stars Monica Belleluci.