SPECTRE Review: The Author of Your Pain


RATED: PG-13 (intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language)



Maybe it’s because of how excited I was for SPECTRE, the 24th film in the Bond franchise, but SPECTRE is so disappointing that it makes Avengers: Age of Ultron feel like a worthy sequel. Gone is the dark, cerebral storytelling and the realistic, but still silly action that drove previous Craig Bonds, and gone is the likable Bond girl with whom Craig actually had some chemistry. Spectre plays out more like a Roger Moore Bond film, rather than a Craig Bond film, which ultimately makes Spectre a silly, dull and predictable journey. The film is also terribly overlong, and the length isn’t at all necessary, making the film not only silly, but also mind numbingly boring. SPECTRE also features the worst Bond villain in the Craig era, Blofeld. Blofeld seemed promising especially since he’s played by 2 time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django: Unchained), but his part is painfully underwritten and every twist that he unveils feels cheap and as if it was done without any concern for what the fans want. With all of that bad, there is still some good, which is why there’s a 5 at the top of the page and not a 3. The opening scene is great, it looks beautiful, it’s funny and it gets your heart pumping while still mixing in some humor. If the rest of the film had been as good as the intro, SPECTRE might have been able to stand with Casino Royale and Skyfall, which are the series’ best in my opinion. The camerawork is also well done, fitting in some truly inspired shots. The Bond song, unlike the catchy Skyfall theme is also mediocre, with weak lyrics and an uninspired melody. Overall, if you think that the Craig Bond films are too realistic, gritty and smart and you wish the convenient plots, one-sided villains and ridiculous action were still present in the series, then SPECTRE is for you, however if you don’t fall into that category, then I’d wait for this to come on streaming if I were you.


  • Great opening scene
  • Well cast
  • Decent camerawork
  • Craig is an excellent Bond



  • Ridiculous plot
  • Abundant convenience
  • Overlong
  • Underused Christoph Waltz
  • Weak Bond girl
  • Many quips don’t land
  • Whole supporting cast wasted


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