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Spectre (2015)Grandiose, action packed, and staged on a nearly unprecedented scale,… More Grandiose, action packed, and staged on a nearly unprecedented scale, Spectre is a Bond film that proves to be a spectacle in every sense of the word. A cryptic message from the departed M sends Bond on the trail of a secretive organization whose orchestrations were around him all along. It's a film that seeks to tie the other entries together, to call upon the previous storylines to coalesce in one omnipresent villain. For any discerning viewer, Casino Royale and Skyfall rank among the greatest bond films ever made. The rebooted series with Daniel Craig has proved to be more intelligent, impacting, darker, brooding, and intensive than other installments, through the gritty performance of Craig, whose Bond is suave, yet flawed, slick, yet imperfect. There were still hints, of course, of over-the-top plot devices and action scenes, yet it never succumbed to the one-note corny storylines of Bond films past. With Spectre, however, there seems to be a disappointing departure from this formula. Is the film well composed? It is- Sam Mendes keeps a methodical yet brisk pace, and has some stunning cinematography, never afraid of the long continuous take. He injects gravitas in to action scenes which, by their sheer absurdity, wouldn't have it otherwise. Daniel Craig remains strong, yet his supporting cast is never as complementary of him as it should be, a product undoubtedly of the criminal underutilization of Christoph Waltz. Where I was disappointed with Spectre most was with its script. It's devoid of any of the characterization that made Skyfall so brilliant, and instead features gimmicky plot devices, and sloppy writing that makes obscenely simplistic logical leaps. Entire global conspiracies are uncovered within mere seconds of typing on a computer; clues are somehow derived out of osmosis. In short, what the film pretends is deeply hidden is only a retread of the same plot devices used in less compelling Bond films-a cheesy villain with some obscure plan for world domination that is inexplicable in motivations and logistics. This bleeds in to the action, with scenes gaining increasing absurdity and with little sense of stakes or characters. Overall, it's an entertaining film, yes, but also the weakest of the Craig era.
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