Spectre Review


Erwin Smith '18, Writer

For the past fifty years, the “James Bond” movies have been a legacy filled with classic characters and brilliant plots. Spectre, the most recent Bond film, had a “Skyfall-esque mood. At the beginning of this compelling movie, British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) journeys through Mexico City during the Day of the Dead Festival. After being benched by MI6 from all field activity for some time, Bond decides to carry out his own personal missions, in exhilarating secret agent-fashion.

In this movie, he works to save the “double 0” program, which is in danger of being demolished in favor of a worldwide surveillance system. Bond flies under the radar to find “The Pale King”, and encounters supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).

While Spectre is thoroughly riveting, it never quite ups the ante. Starting off at breakneck speed with a Mexican-based opening sequence that is downright absorbing, Spectre follows this up with a number of captivating action set-pieces that nearly match the opener, but never top it. Instead, rather than blasting its way through proceedings, it coolly degrades. Looking at the past episodes of “James Bond”, Spectre is satisfying, but  below-par for such a renowned franchise.  Aside from that stunning opening sequence, this installment feels overcompensating and relies too heavily on action sequences.

The most enduring blessing of the Bond franchise has always been its embrace of reinvention. Hopefully, the subsequent films will reveal Bond’s true abilities.