Spectre: Movie Review

"Spectre" opens up very strongly. If it was any indication of what was to come, the Mexico scene was an astounding way to start things off. It was crazy, adventurous and most importantly thrilling. It's Daniel Craig's take on Bond that we love so much. Sadly, "Spectre" just putters off slowly after that. "Spectre" is not a bad film per se but it definitely isn't the best in the lot too.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Lucia reveals the location of a secret meeting that may just uncover a sinister organization's existence named Spectre. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

Let's get straight to the point - "Spectre" turns out to be a disappointment. As much as we wanted to attribute it to us having high expectations, it really isn't the case. The film had it highlights for sure. The first minutes was awesome. The Mexico scene rocks and it shows the huge potential and buy-in people now expect from a modern-day Bond film. Daniel Craig was great as expected and Lea Seydoux was simply stellar with her sexiness and charm. The right ingredients are there for "Spectre" but the film fails to make compelling headway in terms of its story and villains. We really felt that Christoph Waltz was under-utilized. His quirky take might irk some but he wasn't even given a chance to showcase his talents in our opinion. The story was so-so. Elements of it feel unrealized, some are forced and some are just awkward. It seems "Spectre" was a mix of old elements and new elements from all the other Bond films. It's serious yet comical, it's realistic yet campy. "Spectre", at the end of the day, feels unpolished.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- Mexico scene was epic
- We wish Daniel Craig returns as Bond again
- Lea Seydoux was rocking

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- story was lackluster
- villain was underutilized
- feels really unpolished

Pictures courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

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