SPECTRE promised a monumental end to Daniel Craig’s Bond, but did it deliver on the brilliance that was Skyfall?
Well, yes and disappointingly no.
For the first time in the 50 year history of the films a director jumped on board to direct two Bond films on the bounce.
Sam Mendes saw great success from Skyfall with many a Bond fan hailing it the best film of the series- and with perfect reviews floating about it was a no brainer getting the British director on board for a second time.
The film starts in typical Bond fashion, edge of the seat action, jaw dropping special effects and stunning cinematography.
And that is the first thing that struck me about Spectre, the cinematography is beautiful. The first shot of the film is one endless shot with no cuts that spans a two minute period. Stunning!
Having a stunningly shot film is one thing, but a story that lacks substance, characters that are criminally underused and action that at times missed the mark- issues begin to arise.
It would appear Spectre is a Bond film that is for want of a better word confused. It isn’t sure about its identity or what it wants to be.
The action in one moment is tense and gritty and in the next it’s the Bond of old, suave and over the top. And for me, it doesn’t work simply because it feels like two films mashed into one.
The action is however fantastic, but would you expect any different from a Bond film? There is a number of massive set piece moments which truly are a spectacle.
But with the weak story these massive action moments miss the mark as they feel like they are just jammed in there for the sake of looking impressive.
And the biggest gripe for me is the criminally underused Christoph Waltz. Possibly the best actor on the planet at the moment. The perfect Bond villain. And he gets 20 minutes of screen time. That is unforgivable in my opinion.
All in all Spectre is a good film. But what I hoped for was a brilliant film, Skyfall set the bar so high I think whatever Mendes produced it was never going to live up to the expectations of many, me included.