Tuesday, December 01, 2015

MovieNotes: Spectre

Title: Spectre (IMDB)
*ing: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
Language: English 
Director: Sam Mendes
Genre: Action, Spy, Thriller

Basic Premise

James Bond is on an independent mission assigned to him by the deceased M. He discovers that all his past enemies had a common connection which links back to his own past as well. Spectre. Meanwhile Spectre is also trying to pull the rug Bond’s own organization and take over the entire world’s surveillance. Bond survives Spectre’s evil designs and once again saves the world.

What Works
  • The movie sticks to the standard Bond formula, which has been perfected over the past fifty years.
  • The action scenes are good as is the acting, though being a typical Bond movie doesn’t give too much leeway for the actors’ histrionic abilities. And the brief witty repartees help cope up with the storyline.
  • Daniel Craig plays a more conventional James Bond this time around unlike his previous three appearances.
What Doesn’t
  • The preceding movie was Skyfall, and Spectre pales in its comparison.
  • The makers are trying to tie up too many loosed ends, so the story keeps jumping around, hoping that the action distracts from the gaps.
  • Sam Smith’s rendition of “The Writing’s On the Wall” falls flat, and it sounds worse when compared to Adele’s Skyfall
  • The roles seriously limit the actors. Would have certainly liked to see more of Christoph Waltz.
  • Continuity goof-ups like the train-fight in which all the fellow passengers just disappear.
  • Can also be named as the ghosts of villains past.
  • We come to the very basic question – What is the relevance of James Bond in today’s digitized world? And the answer is still open to debate.
  • This is the era of cinematic universes. And even the Makers of Bond movies are falling into that trap. Earlier Bond movies were standalone with passing nods to the previous films. With Spectre the makers are trying to connect all of Craig’s previous appearances in one overlying story-arch. Which also brings us to the question - Is this Daniel Craig’s last Bond movie? 
  • Voldemort vs Moriarity was fun. Especially given that we all (i.e. Indian audiences) do know what “C” stands for :P
  • Useless factoid – Lea Seydoux is a descendant of Marcel Schlumberger.
  • Disappointed to see that India was not a member of the 9-Eyes program. There goes our Security Council seat.
Rating – 6/10. Faltering storyline while following up on the expectations setup by Skyfall partly redeemed by the slick action.

Previously on MovieNotes – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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