Spectre (2015) Film Review – Another Great Addition to the Bond Franchise, or A Complete Bore?

“A Complete Bore” is not something I would want to have in the same sentence as “Bond”- it truly isn’t….

Spectre 2015 Film Review

I won’t lie, I am not a die hard fan of too many 007 films, especially the ones starring Daniel Craig.  I know, I know, “He’s one of the best Bonds yet!  How can you not like him?  Casino Royale was soooo good!” The list of reactions I get when I say I fall asleep every time I try watching Casino Royale (2006) or Skyfall (2012) is endless.  Can I explain why I had such a bad reaction to Craig?  No.  I honestly can’t pinpoint which aspects of it all I dislike the most.  Now, having said all of this, it may surprise many to know that I thought that Craig’s performance in Spectre may be one of the only things I enjoyed about this film.  That alone is saying a LOT about what I think of the movie.

I did not want to see this film in the theatre.  While I know the large screen makes the effects seem better and whatnot, I did not want to be stuck in a room, unable to walk away for 2.5 hours when I could just watch it later in the comfort of my own home (where I wouldn’t feel bad for falling asleep).  However, relationships are about compromise and doing things for the other person, right?  Right.  This is the reason I found myself watching this film in the theatre this weekend, trying not to fall asleep, surrounded by strangers.

spectre dia de los muertos

The opening scene was beautiful.  It starts with seeing a crowd celebrating Dia de Los Muertos during the festival in Mexico. The costumes were really fun to look at and, like throughout the rest of the film, I found the scenery and location to be stunning.  I will say that I appreciated the costume design and the cinematography.  As expected, this leads to a scene in which Bond is accompanied by a woman to a hotel room, but before he pulls out his… usual Bond moves, he must take care of something first and with an “I won’t be long”, he leaves to start the first “good vs evil” scene.  I enjoyed the comedic break they inserted in the middle of the fight- it made several people in the theatre laugh.  This is something else that I did enjoy about Spectre- the witty and funny Bond quotes, etc.  I laughed about four times within the 2.5 hours which, I suppose, isn’t too good of a statistic, but it’s better than not laughing at all.

I won’t go into the details of every scene- seeing it once was enough and I don’t want to spend 6 hours writing about this but overall- I was disappointed.  I know I talked a lot of crap before even going into the movie, but I did try to go in with an open mind for the sake of the person I went with.  It was hard, but I did try to think that maybe this movie would be different.  Maybe I’ll actually enjoy it.  Nope, I’m sorry.

spectre waltz

I absolutely love Christoph Waltz so having him as the villain of the film was a really lucky aspect for me.  It made me stay awake long enough to see his first scene and to do a little dance in my seat because of my love for him.  His co-star from Inglorious Bastards, Lea Seydoux fit the role of a “Bond Woman” perfectly and she does a fine performance.  The other woman of the film, Monica Belucci was also… fine.  She was only in it for about 5-10 minutes, so the fact that she’s on so many of the movie posters is a mystery to me.  She’s nothing to write home about, but Bond would know more about that than I would *wink wink nudge nudge*- my attempt at comedy is almost as bad as this movie.  I’ll stop now.

spectre seydoux

I love the nerdy/tech guy in almost every film, so Q, played by Ben Wishaw was a nice addition to the story line and I like how his character had an important role, without needing to take up a bunch of screen time.  As a fan of WWE, it would be wrong of me not to mention Dave Bautista.  He had his usual role of being the big, intimidating fighter and he did a good job of it, although my eyes rolled during his final scene for numerous reasons.  I won’t spoil it for anyone though.  Ralph Fiennes is another one of my favorite actors and it was nice to see him again.  While he does a decent job, I found his character to be quite lackluster but that seemed to be a reoccurring  theme of this movie, so I guess I’m not surprised.

I know many fans may get upset reading how awful I thought this movie was, (to each their own people, don’t need to be mean about it, please) but I am happy knowing I am not completely alone in disliking the film.

While discussing the film with friends, these are a few of the comments I received:

“It was the most old school bond to date but after the Craig ones, its less character driven, more formulaic. which can be good or bad for the fans” – Sean

“Feel the same way! It just dragged on for so long, I kept hoping it was the end every 20 mins” – Caroline

“The purpose of this movie is to close the loop and tie any loose ends for all the Craig films. That way they can feel they did everything they wanted to, and explained everything they needed to. Was it the best way to end Craig’s run as 007? Probably not, but that’s basically all this movie was meant to be; a send off.”– Thomas

If you would like to hear more opinions on Spectre, listen to the Podcast by my friends over at 2 Guys, Movies and a Mic, here: “On this week’s podcast our fearless and gunless heroes watch the latest 007 flick and fourth staring Daniel Craig: Spectre. In the end they’ll likely say it was a pain in the ass. (I have no joke. This movie sucked ass.)”  

If you enjoyed listening, be sure to follow them and find them on Facebook!  I was lucky enough to be a guest on their podcast a couple of times (we discussed The Martian and a News segment) and being part of 2gmm is always a lot of fun.

I surprisingly, give Craig a 4/5 for his final performance as Bond- I am glad I am able to start appreciating him as an actor more now.  I may even have to watch Casino Royale and Skyfall again to let my altered views of Craig change how I react to those films. I give Spectre 2.5 bad car chases out of 5, merely because it was 2.5 hours long.  Kidding…. but not really.  While I hated it, I did enjoy most of the acting, cinematography and I think it deserves some sort of rating for trying to be a good movie.  I was unimpressed by the short lived car chase scenes, by how predictable it was, by how many times it made me roll my eyes and say “This is so stupid”, and I while I hadn’t been the biggest Daniel Craig fan, I think he deserved a better send off as 007 than this.

What did you think?  Do you completely disagree with me?  Who do you think will be the next Bond?  I’d like to know!  I respect everyone’s views of films and I want to hear from you so comment below or find me on Facebook!

-JLA

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5 thoughts on “Spectre (2015) Film Review – Another Great Addition to the Bond Franchise, or A Complete Bore?

  1. I’m like you, I prefer watching a movie at home, unless it’s such a huge blockbuster movie that it must be seen on the big screen. I am very sensitive to sounds and being distracted by them, and lately I’ve had bad luck with people talking in the theater or crinkling candy wrappers or popcorn bags and it drives me crazy.
    I’ll probably watch this Bond film at home. I’m not too excited for this one because I’ve heard so much negativity coming from Daniel Craig. It sounded like he was miserable making this film and is extremely happy to never make a Bond film again.
    I personally love movies where you can tell that the cast had an absolute blast filming together. You can just feel the love come right through the movie screen. I also can feel it when an actor is doing the role just for money or has felt like they were forced into the role and they aren’t having fun.
    I did really like Casino Royale and thought Craig was great… but the following movies have been very disappointing. I don’t expect to love Spectre and now that I know it’s 2.5 hours long, I’m dreading it even more. I hate any film that’s longer than 2 hours. In fact 1 hour and 45 min. is when I feel a movie is getting a little long winded! 😉
    I’m a 80-90 min. movie kind of guy. If you can’t put out a coherent story in 90 min… then make a 90 min. movie with a 90 min. sequel. Good review!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! I’ve had a few annoyances in theatres lately. A couple of weeks ago, we were sitting in a large theatre with only four other people who were spread out behind us when, two minutes before the movie started, two guys came and sat RIGHT in front of us. One guy had the man bun hair and he also took off his shoes and had his bare feet hanging on the chair in front of him. Out of all the places he could have sat, he just had to be directly in front of us. I felt like I was IN the movie at that point. I would definitely wait to watch Spectre at home and I also agree with you about the length of movies. The only times I don’t mind sitting through long films is if I’m having a Lord of the Rings marathon.

      I hadn’t heard too much from Daniel Craig about this film, other than the fact that he did not want to return- which I completely understand. I love being able to see chemistry between the cast too- I can’t even think of a film that instantly comes to mind that portrays that though- I’m having a brain freeze or it has just been too long…. (or it was in a stupid comedy I didn’t enjoy).

      Thanks for commenting and for the compliment of “Good Review”- coming from you, that means a lot!

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      1. I laughed out loud when I read “man bun hair” haha!
        That’s pretty gross about the bare feet, talk about distracting in a terrible way. Why is it in an empty theater someone always sits directly in front or behind you? 🙂

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  2. The only thing I really liked about it was the opening long take (lasts ~7 mins) – thought it was executed exceptionally well. And then, the rest of this garbage movie happened …

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