Review: Spectre (James Bond #24)

Review: Spectre (James Bond #24)Spectre * by Sam Mendes
Series: James Bond #24
Released by Columbia Pictures on 29 October 2015
Genres: Action
Length: 2h 28m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen.

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A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Before this month, I had never seen a James Bond movie. Never. Not one. (Okay well, let’s say I never watched one from start to finish; because I’ve seen plenty of them on TV but never bothered to finish watching them). But on 2 and 3 November I finally watched my first two Bond movies. The previous one, Skyfall, and the newest – which this review will be about obvs – Spectre.

I had heard nothing but praise for these movies. Everyone seemed to love them. I was very cautious, because I’ve had very different opinions on several praised books in the past, so yeah I wasn’t too sure if I was going to enjoy these movies. We’d decided to go to Spectre a while back, but then a friend of ours told us to go and see Skyfall first, because then we’d understand the new movie better. Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed by Skyfall. I found it rather boring actually.

Because of that, I didn’t expect too much of Spectre either, and I was kind of right. Because while I do think Spectre is a bit more exciting than Skyfall (I mean though I did spend a good amount of the movie talking to my friend during the movie, I didn’t pick up my phone once (maybe due to the fact I was at the cinema and not at home but it’s a good sign imo)).

In Spectre, James is looking for information about an organisation. He’d do anything for that information, including killing a guy and wrecking half of Mexico City along the way. Because of that, he gets ‘grounded’ by M, but Bond is Bond, so barely hours after his being grounded, he is on his way to Italy, Switzerland and Morocco where he meets several beautiful ladies (of course).

Yeah I don’t know what to say about this movie, really, because I just didn’t enjoy it that much. There were nice scenes – I particularly liked the scenes in Mexico (especially the Day of the Dead celebrations); but there were some not nice scenes as well (the helicopter fight, the train fight (SERIOUSLY THEY WERE WRECKING THAT TRAIN HOW DID THEY NOT GET STOPPED, HOW DID THAT TRAIN NOT STOP AND THROW THEM ALL OFF?! HOW?!), basically all the scenes where Bond was ‘intimate’ with a woman, which happened three times in this movie, with three different women, wow seriously).

Though I hate saying this, I do think James Bond movies are more guys’ movies, even though I do know that a lot of women enjoy these movies too. I’m just not one of those women. Maybe if there’s going to be a new Bond soon (because I do think Daniel Craig is done after this movie, at least it seemed to me like he was with this ending), maybe – if it’s Idris Elba or Luke Evans – I’ll watch another movie.

But no, I don’t think James Bond is my kind of thing. Sorry not sorry.

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