Spectre Movie Review
So it begins, the holiday movie season. We have some great ones coming up. I of course mean Hunger Games and Star Wars. You can keep the Academy Award nominees and go read a more sophisticated blog. Here you get blockbusters and an occasional date movie. Warning: I was not in a great mood when I watched this movie. That could have clouded my judgment.
Spectre AKA, James Bond XXVI. stars James Bond (Normally I reference another famous role, but this dude really is only James Bond, with all respect to Girl in the Dragon Tattoo and Cowboys and Aliens) in the lead role. Co-stars include The Red Dragon as M., Drax the Destroyer as the bad guy henchman, Mary Magdalene from The Passion of the Christ as the secondary Bond girl, the French Assassin from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as the primary Bond girl and everyone’s new favorite villain from Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained as the bad guy.
Expectations: Moderate. I have enjoyed this iteration of Bond movies more than the older ones (I’ve seen all of them). I like that these take themselves more seriously. I like that they are telling a continuous story instead of individual isolated movies. However, I was in a bad mood and I wasn’t expecting much.
Reality: It was OK. I guess that means it met my expectations. It was satisfactory for a rainy day-off kill a couple of hours afternoon, but I didn’t love it. I would have loved to love it. There weren’t enough great action/fighting scenes to make it awesome. The plot was little hard to follow, like they are now trying too hard to connect all of them. I didn’t really buy the Bond girl as a love interest. I also feel that after some great bad guy performances that he defined for himself, Christoph Waltz tried to be too much of a stereotypical Bond villain. However, Bautista in his limited role as OddJob 2.0 was really good and it’s a Bond movie with chases and improbable escapes so it was good. It just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.
Appropriateness: It’s a James Bond movie, OK? He hooks up a couple of times but you don’t really see anything. There are a few bad words and some violence. The one torture scene is kinda “Yikes!” but nothing like Casino Royale.
See it in the theater and will definitely own
See it in the theater and might own
See it in the theater and will likely Redbox it again
See it in the theater and be done
See it at the dollar theater
Bored in 2 years and watch it on Netflix
I rate it a Redbox. Unless you are a true Bond fan and need to see it in the theater, just get it on Redbox. It will be fun for a couple of hours and is worth $1.50 or whatever. You spend real money and you might think you wasted it. Casino Royale was great. Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were good. This is just OK.