*The last paragraph expresses short analysis* The names Bond. . . Jimmy Bond.
So what's this new Jim-Bob Bond film about? Well, this time Jim-Bob Brand has his past catch up with him as details of his mysterious history are revealed. We've got some serious action and even more serious seriousness as Jingy Brand now has to deal with sinister organization that has been around since Sean Connery's Jimothy Brones.
To start off with, Spectre is so visually beautiful and that's not even talking about the ladies. All the camera work and set design in the movie is so sleek and impressive, if not breathtaking. This ties in incredibly well with the action. Maybe the best choreographed action we've ever seen in a 007 film is in here, which makes it such an enjoyable experience. Let me emphasize that again. This movie is really freakin' enjoyable (at least when it needs to be), and a lot of this simply has to come from this being so perfectly executed in style and its exceptional tone.
A lot of this enjoyment also comes from the acting. As far as acting, if we are going to talk about anyone let's talk about Léa Seydoux, our Bond Girl. I've been enamored by Léa Seydoux for some time and have been hoping that she could get a big blockbuster role worthy of her talent. Here, she is again quite good. In fact she is more than quite good if you can get over the fact that she has to swallow some pretty shitty lines and her character's relationship with Bond is woefully underdeveloped. I personally cared about her trials in the film, but that is only because I fell in and out and back in love with her in Blue is the Warmest Color and had seen her in other films where I grew to love her as an actor. Not many have seen her though, so they likely won't have that reaction simply because there is never the growth in a relationship to warrant us giving a crap.
Obviously we should talk about Daniel Craig. He is great as always in this role. However, he doesn't really get a chance to flex his acting muscles like he did in the others. There is maybe only two scenes in this movie where even shows some vulnerability. Even so, he is just so good in the role which is why it is a little bit sad that he hates the franchise so much. Everyone else for that matter is great, if underdeveloped or pointless to the story.
If we are going to talk about story, we need to talk about the film being written while shot and having numerous reshoots. Spectre feels like it. The beginning of movie is a wonder and all of the enigma that exudes off of the story feels as if it will pay off. Sadly, it doesn't. Spectre feels like the combination of first chapter of a famous dead writer and the attempt of bumbling ten year old - who just saw Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - to finish the rest of the story. In the back of my head though I hear someone in my ear vehemently whispering, but this is Bond.We're not here for the story! Ok, what about making any sense whatsoever? It's Bond! Ok, whatever. . .
There is only so much you can do when your movie doesn't have a trace of a real story and doesn't make any sense at all. There is also so many cliché tropes (some of which are borderline offensive) that you start to lose count. You could argue that this is classic 007. Sure, pay homage all you want, but do it in way that makes sense and ties into the story. With that said, Spectre is a real fun time at the movies. I wish I could emphasize that more. The action is superb. It is visually stunning, with brilliant tone and possibly the best acting in a Bond film aside from Casino Royale. It is a fun film with a ridiculously dumb plot. Some people can get over that. I did for the most part, but it was enough of an annoyance that I can't give it my full love. Léa Seydoux, however, she can have my love any day of the week.
Personal Preference: 4.25/5
Critical Analysis 2.25/5