SPECTRE

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. (Taken from IMDB)

Yet another Bond movie, the fourth with Daniel Craig as the secret agent. It is difficult to go into much details of the plot without spoilers so let’s just say that there were holes, unfinished threads and more than a passing resemblance to more than one previous bond movie.

So what is there to be said? Christopher Waltz is interesting but doesn’t really carry much gravitas as the main bad guy. Léa Seydoux as love interest Madeleine Swann is OK but nothing special. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, as M,Q, and Moneypenny respectively are solid.

It is difficult to make a comment on Monica Bellucci as I don’t believe that she is seen enough, although to be fair, a whole movie just with her wouldn’t have enough. Perhaps the oldest ‘bond girl’ ever, at 51, Bellucci still looks sexy enough to distract anyone.

Andrew Scott plays the boss of the newly combined M.I.5 and M.I.6 but seems too young for that position and for anyone who is a Sherlock fan, just seems to be Moriarty playing a role. Hinx, the barely speaking heavy of SPECTRE is played by Dave ‘I only play characters whose name ends in a X’ Bautista who isn’t allowed to become the memorable bad guy he clearly is capable of being.

The opening credits is a clear homage to previous opening sequences but badly misses the mark to the point of distraction. Compounding the issue is the title song by Sam Smith which is far too high-pitched and whiney, especially following on from the previous movies title song, sung by Adele.

While there is the normal hectic action, every now and again there are scenes that seem out-of-place. Scenes that perhaps would be more at home in a Wes Anderson movie.

Overall SPECTRE is a fun movie, one that doesn’t truly make sense but shouldn’t stop you from enjoying.

A word about the Cinema (Galaxy) though. Although SPECTRE is rated PG, one of the trailers featured multiple uses of the ‘F’ word which I found both inappropriate for the audience and surprising as I don’t remember another trailer shown in a cinema that featured any ‘F’ words. Hopefully this was an error that has since been resolved.

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