Well, now we know what ‘C’ stands for. Correction…
The opinions, they have changed! Well, slightly. If you still buy physical media it may have been brought to your attention that the latest 007 instalment, Spectre, has been released on BluRay with all the eye-wateringly lacklustre special features you weren’t anticipating. After revisiting the film, I’m here to revaluate my original opinions of it. Obviously, this is not a full review so give the original review a quick once over before you read on.
Beginning with the cast, I still stand my appreciation of Craig’s comfortable performance and ever-so-slight sense for comedic timing. Craig also manages to retain the balance of moody coldness and pumped furiousness that his Bond seems to walk the line between, from previous films. All around, a great performance. Even revisiting the film since seeing it opening night, Léa Seydoux still falls flat. Maybe it’s the writing, but if we’re going to talk about Bond girls with “daddy issues”, For Your Eyes Only (1981) has still to be matched.
A Bond film is only as good as its villain. Waltz is delightful as Oberhauser, but one never seems to escape the fact that it’s Christoph Waltz onscreen. Deliciously evil viewing, nonetheless. I originally moaned that Dave Bautista’s Mr. Hinx never delivered on his build-up, but considering the wonderful fight on the train, he leaves a lasting impression.
The MI6 crew all do a fine job, with Ben Whishaw placing his hands on his hips in an almost Desmond Llewelyn style manner. A nice nod to the original Q, but I’m disappointed he didn’t say “Oh really, 007!”. Luckily the scriptwriters didn’t give Naomi Harris much cringy shaving scene/trailer-fodder dialogue to share with Daniel Craig. Her lines seem more natural, which adds to her likability onscreen.
The film’s opening remains one of its highlights. What I failed to mention is the incredible elongated shot at, making for an amazing spectacle. The action through Spectre is thrilling, although the shootout at the villain’s base is rather quick and misses out on a chance for creativity in such a interesting location. Overall, Spectre features some dazzling action, especially the car chase in Rome.
The story still remains Spectres’ biggest flaw. Upon revisiting, Bond and Swann’s is dreadfully developed and the idea that she is the one this tortured spy will fall in love with is laughable. The sub-plot featuring Andrew Scott is rather underwhelming and suffers from techno-spy fatigue, by which I mean it’s all about dull technology. The film’s conclusion is remains to be questionable. It manages to be far too complex and convenient. I stand by that a more satisfying conclusion would have featured a tense shoot-out and at the villain’s lair.
One may notice that the film looks very warm, as if the person in charge of colour correction accidentally forgot to remove his blue-tinted sunglasses. While it works for the pre-title sequence, it becomes noticeable in later portions of the film. Finally the filmmakers have come to their senses and have placed the gunbarrel at the front of the film. It definitely gets you excited for whats to come.
Looking back, Spectre remains a slightly average Bond film. It is enjoyable, but flawed. However, with more humour and creativity thrown into the mix, one can only hope for greater things in the future…