Should have been excellent but I ended up with 007 fatigue as the film was too long and the villain Blofeld is never fulfilled as a gruesome terrorizing figure. Lea Seydoux also look mostly as a girl that is taken sexual advantage of, while Monica Bellucci well that is a TRUE BOND WOMAN.
'Spectre' is taken as the latest example & reviewed vicariously for all the other 24 remaining. Cinematographically, I don't see that much value, since, more or less, it is always the same story. But what I do appreciate very much are topics like: manliness, style lessons, timeless classics, attention to detail, lifestyle, sexiness & how to approach and treat women gentlemanlike. Bond reminds men to do always better.
After the total sucess, the complete magnificence of Skyfall there comes a movie in which Christoph Waltz gives us an underwritten, if brilliantly performed, Blofeld. Which kind of symbolizes the entire film. Also, no skii chase in the Alps? Lame.
Nothing in this film is earnt: the villain, the plot, the pathos. Sam couldn't decide on a continent, so there are scenes set in every one, none of them given enough time to register. Similairly the tone leaps from attempts at old-school comedy to modern melancholy, missing both. Like its namesake Spectre is everywhere, but ultimately amounts to nothing. Made me appreciate Skyfall and miss when Mendes made movies.
Decent Bond movie which somehow tries to make pastiche of almost everything from previous films: from Bonds arch nemesis Blofeld to campy jokes. Which makes sense if this is last entry from Mendes & Craig and film is made as farewell to 007. Unfortunately some of this and films quasi biblical conflict of brothers doesnt work. At least we got again DB5.
Aesthetically astute, and brimming with personality. Consider the opening, or the unsoundtracked first half of the brawl on the train, or Bond drunkenly aiming his sidearm at a wayward mouse. Yes, it drops the ball somewhat in its final act, but it's still the best Bond film in over 25 years
Few films nowadays go ahead and assume you're up to pace with the story the way this one does; i.e. Spectre's as serialized as we might ever see Bond. The strongest marks here come in the way Christoph Waltz is cast as Bond's ultimate archnemesis, borrowing from both the franchise's history and prior films to establish his clout, but that his defeat by Bond is for something greater than a personal vendetta.