Review: Spectre

By: Patrick Doss

Breathtaking. If I were only able to describe the most recent installment in the Bond series in one word, Spectre would best be described as breathtaking. Like in his previous three films, Daniel Craig played the role of 007 with the utmost amount of brilliance.  For anyone who is a fan of James Bond films, Spectre is a must-see.

The film begins with a fantastic scene in Mexico City, where Bond takes part in Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities before getting involved in a high speed helicopter ride of a lifetime. The beautiful shots along with fantastic sound make the audience feel as though they are taking part in the insane events. As the scene ends, Sam Smith’s beautiful theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” begins to play. Like in many other Bond films (minus Die Another Day of course), the theme song maintains the classic secret agent feel, and does not disappoint.

One of the best aspects of the film is the fact that it has one of the best casts of any Bond movie. Like in his previous three Bond films, Daniel Craig does not disappoint. Another fantastic actor is definitely Christoph Waltz who plays the role of lead villain Franz Oberhausen. Finally, one of the best performances surprisingly comes from the former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Bautista plays the role of Mr. Hinx, one of Oberhausen’s  henchmen. Despite the fact that he says very little, his character is one of the most frightening villains in Bond film history.

The film does a fantastic job at pulling all three of Craig’s previous Bond films together, by linking the villains of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall. Similar to the Dark Knight Trilogy, the ending is going to be something that is widely debated in the coming weeks.

However, as a lifelong fan of the James Bond series, I can easily say that Spectre ranks as one of the best. Whether it be its social commentary on the controversial subject of surveillance, or it’s star-studded cast, Spectre does not disappoint. If you liked the three previous “Blonde Bond” films, you will certainly enjoy this one!

Rating: 5/5