Spectre and some other stuff

It’s been way too long since I’ve written anything on this blog 😦 but I recently watched Spectre (aka Bond 24) and well… it wasn’t really as good as I had expected it to be.

Those who have watched Skyfall would know that the bar was set really high for Spectre. Skyfall was one of the best movies I watched in 2012 and maybe even one of the best ever, so obviously I expected the follow-up to be close in terms of quality. However, I was rather disappointed.

The film was rather engaging at the start (won’t give obvious spoilers), with an action-packed scene in Mexico City filled with multiple foreshadowings of events to come. What happened after however got more disjointed and confusing with each scene.

Following a seemingly inconsequential scene with Monica Bellucci that seemed only to serve the purpose of reminding the audience that sexual appeal is a critical part of Bond movies, the story takes the gun-wielding protagonist through various cities (which all looked beautiful I’ll admit), it culminates first in a scene involving a certain head surgery that had me gripping my hair in second-hand pain, followed by a final, intense sequence held in London.

While overall it may appear like a solid film, deeper analysis (won’t go into detail though because of spoilers) made me question several things, most specifically, the inconsequentiality of many supporting characters, despite their screen time, the underdevelopment of the villain until so late into the film, and the most jarring one, where a certain character had parted ways abruptly seemingly as a cheap plot device to drive the last 10-20 minutes of the finale (you’ll know what I mean).

I’m finding it really hard to write a review without going into detail because I’m an amateur at review writing so I think I’ll leave it at that. Overall, it was a decent film, though the confusing and at times questionable plot is definitely visible.

In other news I’ll be watching Mockingjay: Part 2 when it comes (HYPE) and the Warcraft trailer comes out tomorrow apparently so that’s something to look forward to.


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