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Dhaka Tribune

007’s latest outing

Update : 08 Nov 2015, 07:07 PM

Spectre has all the elements of a 007 film, except the huge disconnection from the rest of the Daniel Craig starring Bond adventures. For the average viewer, it’s everything you would want in a spy, action thriller. It’s James Bond doing what he does best. The one of a kind Aston Martin, the ever predictable soiree with stunning foreign women, run-ins with countless henchmen and the license to kill. It’s a full and tempting package for any moviegoer. The only problem is, Spectre felt incomplete.

Unexpectedly, Skyfall had the same effect on Spectre, as Casino Royale had with Quantum of Solace. By no means is this a poor display by either Sam Mendes (the director) or Daniel Craig. Unfortunately, the issue lies within the script. But there’s no need to dive into plot holes, or even trying to find one. By the end of the film, some audiences won’t want to figure out what might have gone wrong. It’s actually quite clear. Spectre was all about setting up the rest of Bond storyline from the 1962 film Dr. No, arguably one of the best Bond films in the franchise, if not the best.

There was less human interaction and character chemistry in this film compared to the others. From Casino Royale to Skyfall (yes, even Quantum of Solace), there was a sense of tension; the characters actually made you feel and dragged the audience through a roller coaster of emotions. Spectre, on the other hand, was simply a delightful throwback to vintage action sequences, requiring no effort in alluring the audience for possibly an anti-climatic ending. Okay, maybe too much blood has been spilt today. But that shouldn’t cloud a Bond fan’s judgement in any way, shape or form.

This is clearly a different film from the previous three. However, Sam Mendes seemed to focus more on the aesthetic appeal, and rightfully so. After all, Spectre is the most expensive Bond film ever made. Daniel Craig might even go down as the best actor to play the MI6 assassin. As for the Bond girls? Monica Bellucci was more eye-candy than anything else, spending less than 10 minutes of insignificant screen time. Lea Seydoux, on the other end, took a back seat with only flashes of brilliance throughout the second half of the film. There was no challenge from either Bond girl. Naomi Harris (Moneypenny), sadly, was even less prominent in this film than in Skyfall. As for our villain played by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, well, he was good. But not great. In fact, that pretty much sums up the entire film.

We get to figure out some unsurprising facts about Bond’s past through Oberhauser (Waltz) and his Spectre organisation. And that’s the conclusion we can arrive at. No real surprises, no engaging characters, no gut-wrenching scenarios and the rest is left to be desired. Worth the visit to the nearest theatre? Definitely, it’s a film best watched on the big screen. Hoping it to be better than its predecessor? Don’t count on it.

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