Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sigh. Where did it all go so wrong? Ah yes for the most part it was the moment where a collecting the cheque Christoph Waltz arrives and the film goes all “One Million Dollars” on us ( a moment I laughed out loud at). Yup Bond tries to do Austin Powers but without the fun, action or the jokes. Let’s be fair: for around an hour it’s pretty good stuff. Witty with classic Bond stylings but I can’t ever remember seeing a film fall so far so fast.
Part of the issue comes with the stunt casting of Fiennes, Whishaw and Harris. The film feels almost obliged to give them things to do, which sadly takes away from Bond himself. That said Craig doesn’t look comfortable or like he’s having fun for one moment, with ever Bondism seeming forced and stilted. He does gritty but cool and quippy…. not really. Even the action isn’t that great (other than the excellent train fight) with a boring vanilla car chase around the Vatican that seems to forget every touch point on how to do this right that Bullet set almost 40 years ago.
Overall the fault here lies firmly with Mendes who sadly remind me of Nolan on the third Batman film, sleepwalking through a film he’s contracted to make. Spectre is a film that doesn’t know whether it wants to be Skyfall or A View To A Kill and sadly fails at both. Oh and don’t even get me started on how rapey Bond is back in fall force, delivering two of Bond’s most uncomfortable seductions/near rapes. Craig should be banned from sex scenes and running (Yes he still can’t run). So it has a few good moments and the support cast are strong but an obvious and convoluted story, a boring twist predicted the moment the title was revealed and some of the worst action in a Bond film makes this sadly behind even Quantum Of Solace in the Craig list of Bond films.
Best Bit: Train Fight
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Skyfall, Casino Royale, License To Kill