Spectre is the 24th James Bond movie. I saw it in the theater with my family. James Bond, as with the Marvel movies, has become quite a tradition in my family. My father showed them to my siblings and me when we were little, and ever since then, we have watched them together. So now, every time one comes out in the theater, we go and watch it. First, before the review, the synopsis of the movie.
A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond on a very personal mission to Mexico City and then to Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra, the beautiful widow of a famous criminal. Bond succeeds in infiltrating a secret meeting revealing a fearsome organization called Spectre.
Meanwhile, in London, Max Denbigh, the new director of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and the very existence of MI6, led by Mr. Bond, persuades Moneypenny and Q to secretly help him locate Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old enemy, Mr. White, who may have the means to destroy Spectre. As the daughter of a killer, Madeleine understands Bond better than anyone…
As Bond gets closer to the heart of Specter, he discovers that there may be a terrible link between him and the mysterious enemy he’s tracking…
You can see the trailer for the movie right here.
Before I start doing my review, I have to come clean about something. I don’t like Daniel Craig’s, James Bond. The first James Bond movie I ever saw were the ones with Pierce Brosnan, so he is my favorite James Bond actor. I had this discussion a lot with some of my friends, and I realize most of the people my age prefer Daniel Craig. But I don’t. I think that he wasn’t a fitting choice for James Bond. He lacks the charisma that has made the role iconic. And most of his movies are more action flick than a spy movie, except maybe for Casino Royale, which I really liked.
Having said that, his performance never stopped me from liking most of the James Bond movies he was in. But I didn’t manage to find this one even enjoyable. Despite the fact that it featured one of my favorite actor, Christoph Waltz, I thought this movie was a caricature of a James Bond movie. They should never have continued with Daniel Craig after Skyfall, as it was a perfect ending for his James Bond.
In Spectre, even Daniel Craig seemed not to want to be in the movie. His James Bond managed to go from sort of charming (albeit, not my type), to really creepy in a few scenes. He doesn’t seem to seduce women anymore, but almost outright forces them into his arms. Going back to the James Bond stereotype of the 1960s.
This movie was such a disappointment that I don’t even remember most of the plot. The only thing I seem to remember about this movie is the aspects of the film that I didn’t like.
That being said, I also agree that Spectre features one of the best opening scenes of any James Bond movie. For me, it’s kind of the only redeeming quality of this movie.
Should you watch it?
If you like Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond, sure go ahead and watch it. But I wouldn’t recommend it, as you can clearly see that he didn’t want to be in Spectre. As he said numerous times during the press tour. This movie was such a disappointment that I don’t even think I’m going to watch his last James Bond movie later this year.