Action | Thriller
UK | USA
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen, Alessandro Cremona, Judi Dench
StorylineWhile M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond (Daniel Craig) peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
OpinionOn his 24th mission James Bond seems to have lost his license to... thrill! "Spectre" indeed is a very boring, long and extremely unexciting action film. In other words, almost two and a half hours wasted, time of your life you'll never get back.
The film starts quite well - the opening sequence is stunning and pays a good tribute to el día de muertos, a Mexican holiday I've already had the chance to let you know how much I love - but after is a complete mess. As soon as the opening credits starts, the film's structure collapses like a house of cards. The credits are so awful they make Sam Smith's "Writing's On the Wall" sound good.
The story is too slow, predictable and uninteresting, and it is so flawed not even a 5-year-old kid could have written something this bad. From a building exploding and James Bond walking away like nothing happened, to a complete ridiculous mission in the desert, there sure is a lot of nonsense going on. Not to mention how dumb they managed to make the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization look. How believable is that every member of such an organization meet in the same place? And that an outsider like Bond can go to the meeting like if it was a cocktail party?
But let's move onto the villain(s), shall we? If you have seen the BBC's "Sherlock", you definitely know who Andrew Scott is, he is Moriarty, Sherlock's arch-nemesis. When I saw his name in the opening credits, I was positive he was going to play a bad guy, a backstabber maybe. Yes, he is good, especially when he plays villains, but you just can't cast someone like him for a character that is supposed to be a plot twist. Then there's Christoph Waltz. I was pretty excited to see him, and I knew he would have played the villain. But once again, he is incredibly good at that, so I wouldn't have complained about it if it wasn't for the name of the villain he was cast for, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He doesn't look like Blofeld at all, neither physically nor psychologically.
I won't spend a lot of time to talk about the Bond girls, because there clearly isn't anything to say about them. Monica Bellucci shows up for 5 minute to have sex with James Bond. Léa Seydoux is too good of an actress to be wasted on such an awful role.
And then there is the action. Oh man. Aside from the opening sequence, which is basically the trailer, the action is pretty bad, loaded with CGI and completely unrealistic. But most important, it gets boring. How do you even manage to make action look boring? I'm speechless.