By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Sam Mendes.
Written by: John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Genre: Action, thriller.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers).
Starring: Daniel Craig (James Bond), Léa Seydoux(Madeleine Swann) and Christoph Waltz(Oberhauser).
Running Time: 148 minutes.
After watching Spectre, a friend of mine told me that this movie was somehow different from the others he had seen. “How can Spectre be different if James Bond’s movies have had an almost eternal trademark plot of destroying criminal organizations and going to bed with beautiful women for decades?” I said.
I saw the movie, and he was right: It was different, but not as for the plot as he thought, but music and scenery. The music matched gloriously action scenes and made them look more lively and intense. It increases the excitement of the scenes and it will really get your adrenalin flowing. You can also gaze upon the pure whiteness of the snow over those mountains and the lake where Bond was in Austria or enjoy the traditions surrounding the Mexican Day of the Dead in Mexico.
And it was also different because it was the same as always or perhaps worse: it fell below the standard of what we were expecting for a plot. Spectre set Guinness world record for the largest film stunt explosion. But making a noise is not the best way to make a good thriller. I am not a big fan of Bond’s movies, but in general they are entertaining. And we know that Bond will do anything to get him own way. For that reason, even though it is hard to digest, I can live with Daniel Craig entering a fortified place crammed with thugs, handing his gun over and despite of that, leaving the place almost unscathed. After all, he is James Bond, the man who killed alone all bad guys who were shooting simultaneously at him from two or three different angles while our hero stayed still. I am sure I can live with that. However, what is almost impossible to swallow is how Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), a woman at her peak of beauty, could fall in love with Bond (47). For any other action movie, this comment would be irrelevant or unnecessary, but not in Bond’s case, usually referred as a Don Juan. You are not throwing your money away when you pay to see Spectre (2015). However, don’t see the movie boasting of about how well you handle your finances.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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