Bond is back, and I’m not even going to try to build up suspense, he is showing us why he is the best spy in the game! Daniel Craig returns as 007 along with Ralph Fiennes, Batista, Lea Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Christoph Waltz, and Ben Whishaw. Once again directed by Sam Mendez. Growing up a Bond fan I have come to expect a certain level of fun, and near perfection from James Bond films. Have I been let down? Most certainly, Die another Day, Quantum of Solace anybody? But Spectre is by no means a letdown. It is not a perfect film, but it is a fun Bond adventure.
After the events in Skyfall we find Bond (Craig) on his own personal mission to hunt down an organization that has been brought to light. Lead by a power hungry mad man (Waltz). With the help from the only people he can trust, but against their wishes Bond must do what he does best. Save the girl, stop the villain, and save England and the World.
There is a lot to enjoy about this film. Most notably the cinematography. Spectre is probably the most beautifully shot Bond film I have ever seen. From the very opening scene, this starts off with an incredible one shot, all the way down to the action sequences, and the major finale. Every scene, crisp and clear. No shaky cam. Not wasted visuals. Perfectly framed, perfectly lit. If Spectre is to follow up Skyfall with its own Oscar nominations, Cinematography is its spot to do so.
Another high spot of the film is Daniel Craig. Craig has become James Bond. He will go down in history as synonymously with the name of Bond. Much like the only actor to surpass him as Bond, Sean Connery. You no longer see Craig on screen, when you the movie opens you see bond, you feel Bond. And make no mistake about it; this is the most Bond that Craig has been.
While Skyfall paid great homage, and had many through backs to the Bonds of the past, Spectre is a Bond film. The drinks, the gadgets, the car, the villain, the plan, the Henchmen. Batista is the best Bond henchman since Oddjob. Used perfectly, and is very intimidating. The storyline is by far the most Bond, the insane plot, the ever so infamous villain monologueing. It goes back to the old school Bond formula, but it works extremely well in film.
Christoph Waltz is one the greatest Bond villains ever. Unfortunately you don’t get to see much of it. This definitely is my major negative on the film. The few scenes that Waltz’ character is in, are intense, and gritty, and beautiful. His introduction rivals Javier Bardem’s. The back and forth he has with Bond in various scenes is incredible. Some of the best dialog written. But he is literally in maybe 3 scenes of the film. Built up to be what seems to be a new interpretation of Dr No, is wasted with very little screen time.
Another negative involves the story. They through in this sub plot that feels like it is only there to move along the story. As well the sub plot is precisely the exact story of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Which I could not stop focusing on all film long. It constantly felt like I was watching a remake of MI5 in a James Bond film. I feel these scenes could’ve been scrapped in favor of more substance on the criminal organization, or more screen time for Christoph Waltz.
My final negative is also a positive. While I loved Lea Seydoux as our Bond Girl, the character was not well written. It was as if the writers just wanted to make sure you knew she was a female James Bond. And she was the One for Bond. Look, I am a Bond fan. I grew up on this. I’m reading the books. There is only one, the one for Bond, and that was Vesper Lynd, Maybe an argument can be made for Miss Moneypenny. But I don’t need you to force a romantic interest on me. It comes off feeling unnatural. Especially in a Bond film.
All in all, Spectre is full of action, and is a fun ride. The music is great, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the opening titles theme. The cinematography was beautiful. Craig is perfect as Bond, and the rest of the cast was great with what they were given. It just needed a few more times in the rewrites department. I will also say, i was not a huge fan of the finish. While this was the most Bond of the Daniel Craig films, the finish was not very Bond to me. But I’m giving Spectre a Jeebus score of 3.6. But what say you Jackass Nation? What are your favorite Bond moments? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is!
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.