Review: Spectre: Was it better than Skyfall?

Lifestyle / Tue 3rd Nov 2015 at 01:26pm

Spectre CineBy Julia Salisbury

THE Bond film franchise is synonymous with fast cars, daring stunts and glamourous women and Sam Mendes’ newest take on the adventures of Ian Fleming’s 007 character was nothing short of that.

Spectre, due to be released on 26th October 2015, was released a week early in the UK to comply with the American release date and took more than £41 million in its first week according to BBC News.

The 24th instalment in the James Bond adventure saw Mr Bond scaling the Austrian Alps and racing through Mexico City in pursuit of the infamous group ‘Spectre.’

The scenes seen throughout the film were reminiscent of Mendes’ previous Bond film, Skyfall, which hit the cinemas in 2012. Panoramic shots of Italy, London and Austria filled the screens whilst Bond chased down Oberhauser, Christoph Waltz, the newest James Bond villain.

Bond, played by Daniel Craig, was joined by not one, but two Bond Girls during his mission, Monica Belluci and Léa Seydoux. Belluci added an air of sophistication and intricacy to the film, whilst Seydoux showed the audience a more hands-on yet elegant persona.

Ralph Fiennes , Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear, who all appeared in Skyfall, joined Craig once again in his fight against the newest evil organisation who this time posed a threat to Bond, Mi6 and the ‘00 programme.’

And although Fiennes breathes a breath of fresh air into the role of M, Dame Judi Dench was sorely missed.

One of the newer characters to be introduced to the audience was Denbigh, played by Andrew Scott. Scott, who is known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan and the newest adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ Meet Your Makers, gave his character a sly, yet kindly persona, which proved to give the plot a surprising twist.

Dave Bautista, who played Mr. Hinx, was the 2015 equivalent to Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, in The Spy who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

Music composer Thomas Newman scored the film perfectly, guiding the audience scene by scene with his extensive use of sound effects and cleverly placed diegetic music, with each cue matching the tone almost every time.

And whilst the opening song, Sam Smith’s Writing’s on the Wall, didn’t receive as much appreciation as its forerunner did, it reflects the calm before the storm.

Whilst the film fell nothing short of expectations, director Mendes added some unanticipated, yet all too familiar spy film clichés. It could easily be said the film would have been almost flawless if not for such clichés.

All in all, Spectre has lived up to its predecessor, but struggled to succeed it. Perhaps as this was Craig’s last 007 film, Mendes thought instead of following tradition and having a cliff-hanger finale as Skyfall did, he would aim for something more modest?

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