Out of all the James Bond movies, I have only seen Skyfall fully. Spectre would be my second movie. So I am not hugely knowledgeable about James Bond lore and story. But hey, it was on TV, and I was interested.
First off, I’ll say that out of the two, I enjoyed Skyfall more. Spectre has payoffs that only really come if you know the story and watch the franchise. I have not seen even Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace, so I probably didn’t get the full experience.
Still, the movie does feel really slick and spy-like. James Bond just does things, all while being cool and suave. It seems like his intense gaze can get most women into bed with him.
In Spectre, Bond is trying to hunt down the hidden organization, named Spectre. The organization is responsible for a lot of crimes around the world. Consider it a Rogue Nation of sorts. I’m sorry. I had to say it. I know the movies were made at the same time and already had years of development, and that both of them use pretty standard plot points.
The first 2/3rds of the movie was great. It had nice action, stunts and scenes. There was a nice intrigue built up, and the meeting of the people in Spectre was a well-done scene. Mr. Hinx, played by Dave Bautista, was a fun enemy for Bond to face. Bautista brought about that physical threat and a menacing face. He also didn’t talk much, which really worked or the character.
Bond, of course, traipses all around the world avoiding Mr. Hinx and trying to track down the main base of Spectre. And for the most part, it’s pretty fun. The performances are all fine. I can’t think of anyone standing out, but they’re all spies. They should stay cool under pressure. So it works.
Now for the spoilers parts. If you like the previous Daniel Craig Bond movies, this one is alright.
Anyway, the movie sort of deflates after Mr. Hinx dies. None of his bosses are any real physical threats, and all of their random henchmen just die while hitting nothign with their own guns.
After Mr. Hinx, bond feels like he’s in total control. There’s one point where he’s captured, but then escapes really easily. Even if none of MI6 could help him, he still never really felt in danger.
the final action piece is a long way away from Skyfall’s. So overall, I liked Skyfall better. This movie had an interesting start, but a weaker finish.