By Derrick Ernst
Director: Sam Mendes │Running Time: 148 minutes │Rated: PG-13 │Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure │Notable Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista
“The name is Bond. James Bond.” – James Bond (Daniel Craig)
In his final installment, Daniel Craig (James Bond) attempts to do justice with a performance to satisfy all Bond enthusiasts. Following an extraordinary showing in Skyfall, his third Bond film, Craig falls short in a post-M era. From the beginning, Spectre confuses its audience with implausible action sequences and quirks that lead to awkward dialogue. Despite impeccable costume arrangements, such are not enough to offset an overall monstrosity.
As the film progressed, it was quite obvious that Sam Mendes, the film’s director, and his team wanted to reintegrate old Bond satires and clichés. With this, such instances seemingly came at the wrong times, all to which led to comical debacles. This could have not been more apparent in the bout between Bond and Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), as culinary objects are used in determining one’s fate. On top of this, the film’s final hurrah, is everything but appealing. As one spends over two hours waiting for prototypical Bond action, expectations are trampled by reality. Once the film’s credits break way to the screen, all thoughts are gracefully left in the confines of the theater.
It is not as though one’s impressions cannot be recollected, it is the fact that one would cause an undue hardship on themselves for utilizing their energy in attempt to reconcile the film’s happenings. Spectre’s appeal, is in large part, driven by the allurement of an age-defying Craig, as well as an ever-familiar franchise name. Finding a new seductive figure to take on the role of Mr. Bond is the least of concerns for whomever decides to continue the 007 name. Developing fresh concepts, characters, and courses of action need be of high priority.
For those moviegoers who are hoping for a classic Bond storyline, Spectre will not upset. However, if anticipation contains ideas of “being the best Bond movie of all-time,” perhaps foregoing the viewing of such film will prove to do more good than harm. For at all unsettling it is to say, Spectre misses on all ends of the gamut. If anything, a one-time watch will suffice; and even this might be out of generosity.