Star Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes.
Director: Sam Mendes.
Producer: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Claps for: Performances, cinematography, grand action scenes, direction, background music and VFX.
Slaps for: India’s Censor Board, not-so-convincing villain and dragged climax.
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Performances: Daniel Craig is at his usual best charming women, fighting the baddies, delivering smart and witty liners and moving on with a smirk on his face. He plays the suave and stylish Bond with perfection, not letting his emotions come to his face yet conveying his feelings.
Christoph Waltz is undoubtedly an amazing performer and that is quite visible in the movie too. However it is the script, his characterization and the direction that let him down. He just doesn’t come across as the villain one should be scared of. And if you compare him with the previous villains whom Daniel Craig’s Bond has been pitted against, this one just doesn’t come across as the maniac who could light the entire world on fire for his own purpose.
Léa Seydoux looks gorgeous and lights up the screen with her presence. Her Madeleine Swann has many layers and she keeps revealing them throughout the movie with grace.
Ben Whishaw is at his humorous best as Q and is complete delight to watch on-screen.
From her flirt sessions with Bond to being his perfect support, Naomie Harris gives her own take to Miss Moneypenny; and we love it! However, unlike ‘Skyfall’, she doesn’t have any butts to kick.
Dave Bautista remains silent but invokes fear as the huge and tough baddie.
And how I wish Monica Bellucci had a meatier role. She hardly has a few minutes, and with her steamy lip lock scene with Daniel Craig being cut down, those “few minutes” look more of like a blink-and-miss appearance.
Ralph Fiennes is a delight to watch as the new M. And yes, the old M…Judi Dench also has a little appearance in the film (indeed a wonderful surprise).
Story: A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.
Direction: Sam Mendes makes sure the (apparently) last outing for Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond has all the essential elements that make up for a typical James Bond flick and along with mention of all important women and villains of the last three 007 films (‘Casino Royal’, ‘Quantum Of Solace’ and ‘Skyfall’). It’s amazing how he brings justice to each and every character; and also justifies the final punishment given to the villain.
Right from the opening chase sequence in Mexico to an important sequence in the middle of the movie amidst the snow-capped Austria mountains, the action scenes are grand, elaborate and worth the watch. However, the movie tends to slow down towards the end and the climax fails to impress.
Sadly Spectre, along with its mastermind, fails to induce any fear amongst the viewers.
Overall, there couldn’t have been a better farewell for Daniel Craig.
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Action
Verdict: We give it CLAPS for being a stylish and grand James Bond film.