Spectre: Film Review – The Dead Are Alive

If there’s one thing Sam Mendes knows, it’s directing a Bond film. Spectre is the perfect example; if anyone still had their doubts after Skyfall that is.

The film begins with what might just be one of the franchise’s best opening sequences. James Bond (Daniel Craig) weaves through a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, where he is on a mission to follow M’s (Judi Dench) last order. Bond soon comes across a clue that might just expose the reason for the troubles that have plagued him the last few years. What follows is an action-packed adventure across the globe, where he encounters Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), the mastermind behind SPECTRE – who has his own reasons for not being best friends with James Bond.

After the last Bond film, expectations were "sky" high. And Spectre doesn’t disappoint. Though the film is far from perfect, it is the perfect blend of sharp wit and cheesiness. And isn’t that what has endeared millions to the franchise in the first place?

After nearly a decade of playing the famous spy, Daniel Craig seems more comfortable than ever in his role. The actor, who has come a long way since his Casino Royale days, embodies everything we love about 007. The action, the wit and, of course, the ability to look absolutely dashing in a suit.

Craig is helped by an equally remarkable supporting cast, whose only drawback is that they’re criminally underutilized. Ben Whishaw, in particular, shines in his depiction of Q. It’s not easy to follow in John Cleese’s footsteps, but Whishaw manages to make it look like a cakewalk. Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes and Lea Seydoux are also noteworthy in their respective parts. Christoph Waltz’s depiction of the menacing villain, however, falls short of expectations.

However, the real star of the film is Hoyte van Hoytema, whose brilliant cinematography makes the film a visual delight from start to finish. From London to Mexico City, he makes the most of the breathtaking canvas he’s been given, ensuring that a viewer can never look away from the screen.

Though the plot may seem a rad underwhelming, Spectre makes up for the minor inconsistencies with the action, score and the performances. Spectre is also peppered with references to previous films in the franchise, making it the perfect film for classic Bond fans.

Why You Should Watch this Movie:
Spectre is just as entertaining and action-packed you’d expect from a Bond flick. Furthermore, it features Daniel Craig’s strongest performance as James Bond. Add a dash of nostalgia, and you have the perfect film for this weekend!

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