Spectre – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Written By: John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade
Starring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz
Studio: Sony Pictures
Synopsis: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. – (Source)


The Good:
The action sequences were extremely well done and the highlight of the film. And everything looks amazing from cinematography to wardrobe.
Also if Daniel Craig’s time as Bond is coming to an end I will be bummed because the guy is really good in this role.

The Bad:
There were so many plot holes and “WTF?” moments in this script. It was like the three people hired to write the film all wrote versions of this movie independent of one another and then an outside party smushed the scripts all together into one incoherent narrative mess.
The most glaring story misstep was the love story between Bond and Madeleine Swann. There was nothing shown onscreen to illustrate the “great love” that the audience was supposed to buy and as a result all of the drama that the film seemed to want to get from this coupling just fell flat.
Walz was just wasted in this movie. How exactly do you hire an actor of Walz’s talent, put him in the iconic role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and then write the character to be such a forgettably milquetoast villain. Such a missed opportunity.
Also, if you finally get Monica Bellucci to be a Bond Girl it would be smart to give her more to do than just be a post-funeral booty call.

The Ugly:
I am a Sam Smith fan but that “Writing’s on the Wall” song is just awful. It has skyrocketed to the top of my Worst Bond Theme Songs list and it ruined what was a pretty cool opening credits sequence.

Final Verdict: Aside from some really cool action scenes, this latest installment of the Bond franchise just never quite came together and instead was just full of plot holes, wasted characters/actors and mind-boggling character behavior.

Grade: C-

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