Flash Movie Review: Spectre

As I walked in the odor of old rubber was still there minus the cigarette smoke. To the left the bar had been enlarged with a small variety of craft beers. When I was younger they only served 2 brands from 2 spigots. There were familiar sounds playing out though some of them seemed more muted than what I remembered. However one particular sound still stood out whenever a ball was rolled down the bowling lane. It was the sound of hope and anticipation for the initial smack against the standing pins that would then scatter out of the way. The old bowling alley I used to go to had gone under renovation. Across all the lanes now hung TV monitors that kept everyone’s scores automatically, accented with colorful animations for each ball thrown. I did miss the fan vent in the middle of the ball return carousel that would blow cool air on the bowlers’ outstretched hand. It never occurred to me that it was used to keep a bowler’s hands dry; I assumed it was to keep one’s palm clean from dust or dirt. Just as I wrote that sentence it dawned on me how odd that must be because after every game my hands always had a dull black residue over them from the ancient bowling balls. It took me no time at all to get into the swing  of things and have a good time in this updated place; I had enough memories to mix in with the new things done to the bowling alley. I had similar feelings with this action thriller.    KEEPING a promise he made James Bond, played by Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, Defiance), would discover a trail of events that were created especially for him but had major consequences for everyone else. This latest adventure story in the movie franchise had a big budget to film in various locations around the world which were fun to see. Pretty much the story followed the requirements for what we all expect in a James Bond movie: intense fight scenes, hi-tech gadgets, a love interest and a diabolical enemy. But with a running time of 2 hours 28 minutes, the story was bloated with scenes that were predictable and felt like the actors were going through the motions. I thought Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Madeleine Swann and Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) as Q were exceptionally good in their roles. What bugged me was casting the skilled actor Christoph Waltz (Carnage, Django Unchained) as Oberhauser then giving him such a poorly written role. This was par for the course since there were fun parts to this movie that played off my fond memories of the older Bond films, but then they had to deal with lackluster scenes. I had read Daniel said he would rather slit his wrists then do another Bond film which explained him looking tired. This is not the way I wanted to remember this James Bond.

 

2 3/4 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 9, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Yours is not the first mixed review I’ve read about. But I will see it eventually because I’ve seen ALL James Bond movies. I mean, one just HAS to, right?

  2. I love “James Bond” but I’ve stopped watching it since Craig had played Bond. To me, he is not “bondous”. I just read the new, “James Bond producers confident Daniel Craig will continue to play the spy after Spectre”. Well…

  3. I’m fairly sure Craig was in a contract to do two more following Skyfall, but a lot of times those contracts don’t always get carried out. I’d like to read the article that has him saying that he’d rather slit his wrists than do another Bond film. To me, that seems a bit excessive.

    You and I share similar feelings on the overall movie, but where we differ is on Christoph Waltz. I thought he was superb and his part was kept to a minimum to maximize his hard-to-get-to status

  4. Well put. Bond films were always an enjoyable sick joke, as Fleming might have intended. As you say, “one particular sound still stood out”: the matinee fantasy action adventure, but by having M deliver pompous missives to camera, and asking people to believe it, kills it stone dead. Bond is now a sick joke wrapped in a delusion. I can’t wait for Mr Bean to replace Daniels.

  5. I’m OK with Mr. Bean as 007 🙂 but I’ll watch this James Bond flicker(ing into oblivion just for the joy of watching Daniel Craig) 🙂

  6. Oh dear. I haven’t seen this movie yet and I was wondering whether it would be one of the good Daniel Craig efforts (Casino Royale, Skyfall) or one of the not so impressive kind (A Quantum of Solace). Unfortunately, it sounds like the latter. Oh well…

  7. I just saw Spectre two nights ago so it is fresh in my mind. I am on old guy and go all the way back with Bond to reading the Fleming novels after President Kennedy made them trendy. Like most of us in the 60’s I was blown away by the first Bond films. They deteriorated later and I thought I heard their death knell when Roger Moore ‘played’ Bond. I have enjoyed the Craig portrayal so far. I agree he had a tired look in Spectre although I thought that was in character and followed the story. He was really carrying out a wish which I considered an emotional burden. Bottom line, I enjoyed Spectre very much and would give it five stars out of five if I had them. I like your listing of the past films of his costars. Very helpful.

    • I’m so glad you were moved this way with this film. It is funny; tonight I bought a couple of the old James Bond films with Sean. BTW, please excuse me editing out a few words from your comments. As you will notice I try to keep any info about the story to a minimum; I believe it is important to go into a film without any prior knowledge. Once again thank you so much for sharing your views here; I appreciate it.

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