Spectre – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Spectre
Bond blows up Mexico and gets away with it. Since no one seems to care too much he then travels through Europe to look for other things he can blow up.

The Plot
The death of the previous M has initiated a protocol that sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) a video message of M giving him her final assignment: to assassinate Marco Sciarra.

James honours her wish and kills him in Mexico. He then attends his funeral in Rome where he finds out that Sciarra was part of a criminal organisation led by someone he though to be long dead.

Should I Watch It?
Spectre is the twenty-fourth iteration of the James Bond franchise, and once again we see world’s most notorious gentleman spy unravel a malevolent scheme of an evil underground organisation. Only this time, it is personal.

This sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, prepare to be disappointed. In a sense Spectre copies the plot of Skyfall: a criminal organisation wants to use data so they can become the most powerful society in the world. The difference is that Skyfall’s plot was intelligent and got actually explored, whereas Spectre’s plot is shallow and uninteresting. Most of the movie is Bond city hopping with the occasional chase scene.

The method of filming was very peculiar. At some points the camera was shaking so hard you could not see what was going on, and during quiet scenes the background was often out of focus. These were deliberate stylistic choices, but brought nothing extra to the movie. In fact, they were really disruptive to the flow of it. Also, Spectre is promoted as the longest James Bond movie, but this is not because it has a lot going on. There are a lot of scenes that show nothing, or that drag on too long. You could easily cut out 30 minute and not miss a single thing.

When I feel a movie is not living up to its potential, I still try to look for things that are positive about it, but Spectre gives me a hard time in doing so. Most of the actors are either underperforming, or do not have enough screen time to comment upon. The only actor I though that did a really good job was Ralph Fiennes. So, props to him.

I actually found Spectre to be really boring. It has a shallow story, mediocre acting, a dubious film style, and lasts way too long. 2015 has been a year full of spy movies, and many of them top this one. Even The Man from U.N.C.L.E. brought more to the table. Fortunately, it is November, which means there are plenty of alternative options if you want to go see a movie. And I strongly urge you to pick one of those.

No, don’t watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.


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