Spectre (2015) review

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    Spectre (2015, Sam Mendes)

    So I guess Sam Mendes decided to actually make a Bond film this time around and all that aside a much better picture. This film reveals the architect of all the misdeeds that have been perpetrated against Bond in all the prior films and officially brings back (fro the Connery era) what they have been hinting at since Casino Royale... the evil Spectre organisation. The film has a gorgeous and exciting opening scene, a misfire on both song and credits montage and then slows down considerably for a while before ramping back into the action. I would Say the one major downfall of the film is its stop and start pacing combined with the far too bloated length. However it has great casting with excellent villains, gorgeous Bond women and great action set pieces shot in wonderful locations all around the world... as a Bond film should.

    7.5/10
     
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    Seems a lot of people are not to into this one.. it is certainly paced strangely but overall much more exciting than Skybore that people seemed to love.
     
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    I didn't care for Skyfall either. I found it to have the worst villian in Bond history.
     
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    Could've added this to the Bond thread like Shape22 did with his review.
     
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    I just found it very un-bond like and because it was played so serious the plotholes and everything relying on coincidence really stood out like a sore thumb.
     
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    10/10

    I love SPECTRE.
    That was the best first viewing I’ve had for a Bond film. I’m certain a second viewing will cement it among my other favorites (From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye, Casino Royale). They somehow created a film that feels like all of the previous that came before it. Spectre’s Bond has the toughness of Connery, Craig and Dalton mixed with the comedy of Moore and Brosnon. In between amazing action set-pieces there is some compelling spy drama. And somehow it includes a grandiose villain that resides in a mega-lair without the film feeling like a Austin Powers-esque spoof. I rarely went more than a few minutes without noticing something that impressed me. Most Bond films have a thrilling pre-credits sequence, but even by that standard Spectre’s is special. Once the action started I was gasping. While I don’t love the song, I was very pleased with the graphics of the opening credits.


    !!!SPOILERS!!! Other than the connection between Blofeld and Bond I would say SPECTRE was near flawless. The film made sure include all of the required Bond elements and none felt forced or unnecessary. He uses a girl to get into position for an assassination, seduces a widow for information, martinis are shaken not stirred, the Aston Martin is reborn but more importantly we finally got to see Craig having fun. It so refreshing that he never pouts or has moments of doubt. He’s a man on a mission and he appears to be enjoying himself. I love all of the callbacks to previous films; the fight on the train (FRWL), the Jaws character with metal fingers, the plane crashing through the cabin (TLD), the gadgets in the Aston Martin, the Medical Clinic in the snowy mountains (OHMSS) and many more. In a stunning move, SPECTRE appears to be made for longtime Bond fans. And they nailed it.
     

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