Spectre - the James bond movie, a review from India!

SS Kumar By SS Kumar, 23rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Spectre, a much touted Bond film resurrecting a tattered hero from the otherwise better Skywalk was released amidst fanfare and blitzkrieg advertisements on the TV. The first weekend, at a Kolkata theatre saw a less than full capacity. The author shares his feelings about the movie.

Spectre – a review!

I managed to take time to see the movie at Inox South city, the first Sunday evening show today, filled to its three fourth capacity.

Coming to the movie itself, followed by an action packed Skyfall, where Bond was humanized, Spectre failed to live up to expectations, save Craig’s appearance itself, though to me it was stereotyped. Perhaps the role of a 007 it as a savior of the world, only next to Jesus has become stereotyped.

Bond is the product of great former empire, later under dire economic strait, pumping itself adrenaline periodically, and spraying AXE wet on the agent to make themselves feel macho and to make every woman that may come in the way of 007 to go for full marathon kiss and lie before him. Spectre has surpassed previous comic serials, when a grieving widow cannot resist the hero filled with vertebrate androgen or estrogen steroids, sleeps with him and pleads, ‘Do not go Bond.’ Pathetic it was, I cried!

What are these villainous syndicates? You see Japanese, Chinese, and a few coloured ones. Gruesomely punishing death, with gouging eyes as a bonus for dissenters or failed ones are comical. A simple bullet would have done! Again if I like Bond movies when I was in the High school, there could be many in the audience from the student community as well, I calmed myself.

There used to be a time, when the underworld used to finance movies. In turn they used to impose their preferred girls as heroine. A former accomplice of the villainous empire sreplies to Bond that ‘The villan Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) is everywhere, can be with your family having supper.’ I wondered if the villain proposed the heroin Lea Seydoux as well!

Any one who has access to a chopper seemingly can intrude into the English territory and bomb any place. Poor Queen, Other than Bond, M and Q there seems to be no security for the nonagenarian lady. UK should raise a full battalion of ‘Double zeroes,’ to destroy the world’s entire choppers, including their own. It was a nice car chase scene in Rome. Being a regular visitor of the city, I was wondering if Rome too went into a ‘Bandh,’ or a strike mode that all roads were empty of traffic, save the one or two that invariably ended in collisions.

The fight scenes in the train, reminded an earlier Bond film (Roger Moore as hero), the Hi-tech village of the villain reminding of Lego toys are repetitive. If one has to kill they have to simply pull out the gun and fire. Bond getting freed from the dentist’s chair and the shackles tearing open, when his watch explodes is straight out of Walt Disney cartoons. Pray tell me, why when Bond gathers every gun from the guards those he kills and flies out in the helicopter, why does he not destroy the other two helicopters of the villain?

The cinematography is good as usual and much money has been spent. There is a saying, more sugar, the more it is sweet. Adding too much sugar could make the English tea taste like the Indian kheer.

Bond has to come to terms with reality, and take up themes, which are relevant in the world today, rather than living in a wild imagination and testosterone-laden dreams!


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Nov 2015 (#)

Bond films are more of escapism than reality - in a way like Indian films taking us far away from reality.

I have seen few and had enough though we should give credit to the ingenuity of action scenes.

Thanks for the review Kumar - siva

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