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Like me, he's not overly enthusiastic about SP, but all his reviews, of the Bonds and their various elements are worth checking out.
That fight scene between Bond and Hinx, though? Gets better and better every time, somehow. Well done. This is the fight I've wanted to see from him since he starred in CR.
Fascinating and entertaining read. I've been substituting Vargr in my mind as Bond 24 and pondered what that guy might have caught.
Of course that story just started but thinking like he does...
Why after the "Hard Rule" imposed on MI6 is Moneypenny cleaning her gun at her desk but Bond has to give his up at home?
Life's too short to be wading through a self indulgent ramble like that.
So he thinks the Blofeld\SPECTRE plot is nothing more than a McGuffin...well of course it is. The film is about SPECTRE itself and Bond's discovery of it. It's a reintroduction of the organisation to the film audience but a brand new introduction to the MI6 universe of the reboot.
Some people are making the same mistake as QOS and thinking that the villain's own plot is the plot of the film, when it isn't.
Likewise Skyfall is about Bond and M proving they're not washed up and past it in their profession. M is fighting for her career before Silva's plot and the bomb even occurs.
I spotted it too. Very weird shot with apparently heavily and badly cgi'd Hinx
I have just been so busy, and movies are expensive. Plus I do have other films I want to see in theaters
Well I did see Hunger Games since I am a fan of the series and yes Star Wars is next for me.
When do you think Spectre will be online to see? Like on Putlocker, sockshare? those sites.
Dunno. I don't watch important movies online due to motion interruption that occasionally distracts me. My family tells me that only I can see it (damned visual acuity!!).
My first Bond movie in theaters!!
Was super excited....
I can honestly say that this film is way better than Craig's other Bond films. What were the critics thinking?????
2. Casino Royale
3. Quantum Of Solace
Quick little review!
This film felt super long.
Compare it to Qos and for some reason it felt way longer than SF. One of my biggest hopes for this film was that they would try and put a lot into this film and really use the locations. Give us lots and lots of info. Craig's dialogue was different compared to the last films.
I don't think he was "not trying", or "done" with the Bond character...
The story was simple. 00 section is basically terminated, Bond has a lead that links everything from the past films/missions together and follows it. Not really has an agent but for himself. He wasn't being a spy he was being himself. If that makes sense?
I loved everything about SPECTRE, Blofeld and Hinx. Would love to see another movie. I think it would be pretty obvious if they made another movie and killed off Swann. Bond realizes he can never have a life.
Not sure why everyone was complaining about this film, sure it was different than the others but to me this is Craig's bond series now.
This isn't any of the others. He made it his own. The costumes and music fit really well into it. I will say the soundtrack was kinda meh. It did fit the film but it just didn't excite too much.
Noticed the Hildebrand reference....
Ending: Could it be Craig's last film?
Easily yes. Blofeld captured. Bond basically threw his gun in the water and left with Swann..
Why it isn't his last film: SPECTRE is still out there.. The explosion most likely killed everyone but don't forget he has people everywhere. There's still SPECTRE all over the world.
Blofeld will escape. Bond didn't really quit. He just chose not to kill him and left for a much needed break...
Pretty confident we will get another film but it won't be until 2018.
As for Villeneuve, I find it very dangerous to associate him with Bond at this time. While I am highly interested in his Blad Runner sequel after having seen the brilliant Sicario, I don´t think what he did so far necessarily translates well for Bond.
I like the style for what it is. The real farce is to believe it looks more realistic, as some clever pr people didn´t get tired to emphasize when Bourne 2 and 3 came out. The reason you don´t see much in those Bourne films is not so much the shaky cam, but Greengrass´ style of constantly having at the most only half of the action in the frame. You can freezeframe and check. It´s a stylistic possibility, nothing more, nothing less. Of course that doesn´t diminish your right to dislike it ;-).
As for Mendes, I find his action scenes many times sterile. Campbell on the other hand was the real deal when it comes to action. Both Brosnan and Bean´s fight in GE and the fights in CR, that kind of viscerality is what gladdens man´s heart :-).
Nice to see SP getting some appreciation from an American friend!
I don't understand why it's taken such a kicking from the American critics.
I agree. I can see Swann returning briefly at the start of B25, only to get bumped off. It's Peter Hunt's vision delivered a few decades late.
Shades of Bourne there as well though...
The further the film went on, the more I got tired of it.
I could somewhat enjoy the first half, but with Hinx saying, "shit" at the end of the train fight, it started to deteriorate and wouldn´t stop. I didn´t mind the torture scene as much as before, but nevertheless, the film lost me at some point. By the time Bond shoots the two henchmen in front of the old MI6 building, I couldn´t feel much attachment to anything going on anymore. I didn´t see any sense in watching it through until the end, so I left during the London scenes near the end.
The colours and even more the constant bleakness still annoy me.
The camera work strangely shifted between mesmerising and annoying.
The whole Blofeld Spectre thing was done very poorly.
Mr White saying he quit because of women and children? I mean, he was heavily involved with the Vesper story, and he didn´t appaer very touched by her death in QoS.
And Spectre doesn´t appear so much different from Silva. Ok, Blofeld has a batallion of hackers, but I bet Silva alone could do as much as half those computer goons.
When Bond and Madeline get out of the lair and Bond starts shooting people, it feels so incredibly uninspired and empty. As if they shot a very rough sketch of an idea and later forgot to flesh it out.
Probably I can´t really blame anyone in the end. I just don´t dig Mendes´ way of directing. He just isn´t for me. Especially when he channels Nolan.
I'm pretty sure the problem is deeper than just the camera work. It tonally shifts between a serious introspective Bond and a playful Bond. This occurs within scenes (car chase as aforementioned) and also from scene to scene. The camera work may just be a side effect of having to cut between action and drama.
I think Spectre was handled reasonably well. It picks up right in the same vein as Quantum with a more sinister and imposing presence. One thing that could have been handled better is making some of their background terroristic moves be more prominent in the plot involving Bond. As it stands, all of those attacks that only appear in television footage are irrelevant, meaning there is little suspense and just come across as predictable. But I mean, let's face it, the main plot from Blofeld is grand and ridiculous. No more than in other dedicated Spectre films. On Her Majesty's Secret Service gets so much praise around here and the plot there is biological warfare via brainwashing a dozen beautiful girls. The plot of Spectre is believable if only they changed the focal point. Making it so overtly focused on the surveillance as a whole instead of its implications makes the character drama fall a little flat.
As for Mr. White, it sounds like you are placing unnecessary scrutiny towards the character. Vesper was not an innocent, civilian woman. She was involved in the plot and his dismissal of her fate only highlights the notion that her fate was sealed as a result of her acquaintances and actions. He was always a distant entity in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace within the organization. The continuity of his character was well handled in my opinion.
As for Silva, I think they just didn't write a good enough explanation. Simply saying that he was somehow involved with Spectre isn't adequate. They needed to leave Silva out of the story or properly explain how they turned to Silva to infiltrate MI6's safeguards as a result of Quantum's revelation as a result of the conclusion of Quantum of Solace. This is so minor of a problem, since the lack of explanation doesn't provide much subject matter for scrutiny. It allows us to hypothesize the connections on our own.
It would have been better if Bond and Swann needed to make use of an additional resource to provide the conclusion that we saw at Blofeld's lair. The fight between Bond and Hinx showed how Bond was not invincible and could still be hurt, and then that suspense is just thrown out the window when he gets through the torture scene without any personal damage.
Mendes is not the best Bond director, but he HAS learned from SF what to do. Give the public what they want. But SF made more money & was better critically received, you say? ;)
SF was trendy to go see, it had angst which is so popular these days. Ten years from now, it will go like this:
LET BOND LOOSE TO DESTROY SPECTRE!
Without all the emo wah wah sensitive bs.
And lots of it. My new movie theater has it's own serve yourself butter machine. Ooohohoh I felt like Homer Simpson. :))
Yesterday I went to see "SPECTRE" a 3rd time. And my friend Thomas liked it a lot, but also said "It's again a typical James Bond film".
I think this comment once used to be a true positive benchmark of the franchise. But after the franchise got shaken and stirred up dramatacially....and perhaps confusing way too....with critically acclaimed films like "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall", people actually forgot that they were Bond films.
I said it a thousand times. The first three Craig films are not just good Bond films....but also very good films, apart from the franchise tag. It's what created many new fans/lovers who don't think in Bond thropes like we do.
And once a movie like "SPECTRE" turns up, those people and reviewers are in for a disappointment. Although I have to say that the foundation for a more typical Bond film with all of the formularic elements, was already present in "Skyfall" (Q, M, Moneypenny, a killer of a theme song).
I see "SPECTRE" entirely as the fourth step in getting Bond more 'Bond'. It's the 4th part of a beautiful quadrilogy in which we see Bond becoming 'Bond'. I did see it like that. Sadly many others didn't. Apparently they still long for a lot of drama (death of famous characters, etc.). I don't. In "SPECTRE" I sometimes had a weird, but great feeling of watching Connery's 8th outing of 007.
Once I told my friend Thomas all of the above he said: "Hmmm, I really need to rewatch the Craig-films more properly then. I think I really like "SPECTRE" then!"
For me too. Look, SF had great re-watching value. It has so many thematical layers.
SP too. It's still a Mendes film. But on first watch it entertained me more. And the art of true entertainment IMO is, that you take all the little flaws on first watch for granted. That's the great quality of SP.
Go to Cinemark XD, you can put on all the butter you want. :D