Monday, November 16, 2015

Movie Review: Spectre [SPOILERS]

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 This past weekend my family and I went to see the new James Bond movie Spectre. We went to the "fancy" Westown Movies theater in Middletown, Delaware; they weren't anything special since the leather seats didn't even recline, so already I was unimpressed with our evening.

The movie starts in Mexico City at a huge Día de Muertos celebration. The streets are packed with people dressed as skeletons, and Bond, as usual, is on the prowl. He sees a bad guy, tries to shoot him, that doesn't work, then he follows him through the streets, both get on a helicopter and tussle about, Bond pushes him out of the aircraft, and then flies away (all in a day's work). Then the theme song starts. I was disappointed that the opening song ("Writing's on the Wall," performed by Sam Smith) has nothing to do with the name of the movie (unlike the theme song for Diamonds are Forever or the song for Die Another Day). The effects themselves weren't very good, especially a huge octopus throughout the scene, which was just creepy.

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I won't go into too many more details, other than the movie was the stereotypical Bond movie: the amazing Aston Martin, the car chases, the bad guys, the explosions, the hot girl...Blah blah blah. The movie is sprinkled with several cringe-worthy scenes, like a man pushing his metal fingernails into another guy's eyes or the villain drilling needles into Bond's head and neck; I covered my eyes during these scenes I was so disgusted. Plus, there was not enough comic relief in this film (or any of Craig's Bond movies, for that matter), so I was tense almost the entire time. Then there were the bits that were just silly, like his lady telling him, "I love you"after knowing him for just a couple of days (She's supposedly a smart doctor, but obviously she's just a stupid girl.), or how easily a watch can blow up a whole room (really?).

Admittedly, I've never seen Daniel Craig as a believable Bond: he's blonde, and quite frankly I don't find him attractive in the least. All in all I am quite blasé about this film. I give it  2 of 5 stars.

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