Spectre Movie Review & Film Summary

Want to talk about a new spy movie with explosive action sequences, a fun, charismatic lead, and interesting, compelling story? Well, we can’t—this isn’t my review for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. You are reading my review for Spectre. 

I like most moviegoers and critics absolutely loved Skyfall. It is perhaps my favorite Bond movie ever. However, I will openly admit that I’ve never been a fan of the series. Let me clarify, there are a handful of 007 movies I enjoy, like Goldfinger, Casino Royale, and Dr. No, but I’ve never fallen into the hype of the secret agent. But, after seeing Sam Mendes’ successful film from 2012, I was looking forward to the follow-up, the twenty-fourth Bond film—Spectre.

Daniel Craig in Spectre

Daniel Craig in Spectre

Unfortunately, I couldn’t have been more let down. The movie was completely disinteresting and unsatisfying. I sat, slouched, during the two-and-a-half-hour movie, occasionally checking the time and wondering when something exciting was going to happen. Now, technically, there were action sequences and car chases happening during the duration of the film, just none that got any emotion out of me. The reason I felt most of the movie was quite dreary was because nothing seemed at stake, so I had no investment. This is possibly the worst feeling you can have while watching a movie, asking “Why should I care?”

Mendes returns to direct his second 007 film and tells the story of James Bond (Daniel Craig), who discovers a cryptic message from his past that sends him on a mission to uncover a secret organization. As Bond begins to learn more about this sinister organization, M (Ralph Fiennes) fights with political forces to keep the ’00’ section alive. The film had four writers: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Jez Butterworth.

I will say the best element of Spectre is the cinematography. The movie, like Skyfall, is absolutely gorgeous to look at it. But that only gets it so far—actually that’s a real saying, “Looks only get you so far.” On the other hand, the one of the movie’s worst crimes is its use of Christoph Waltz. Waltz, is as good as one would expect him to be. But unfortunately, he’s like a treat—the audience has to get through an hour-and-forty-five-minutes to really enjoy him. Also, Craig and Waltz don’t share any chemistry or charisma. To be honest, they only share maybe three or four scenes, the rest they are separated and in different spaces. One reason that made Skyfall so enjoyable was watching the cat and mouse game between Javier Bardem and Craig. Unfortunately, they decided to ditch the energetic relation here.

Spectre suffers from a half-baked plot and “twists” that the internet predicting last year. The Bond fans may enjoy it more as it recreates scenes from the older films and brings back some familiar names, but none of that mattered to me. I don’t want to see something we’ve all seen before; these four films were dedicated to making refreshing material, not recycling the old. Instead of creating mind-blowing action, with harsh and intense drama, Spectre becomes an Easter egg hunt. To clarify, Easter eggs are hints, hidden message, or a reference/shout-out to something, in this case, the older Bond films. I’m not quite sure how this movie went so bad, but the twenty-fourth 007, has me feeling it’s time for James Bond to hang up the watch, and car, and gun, and—well, you get the picture.

1.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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