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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cine Beaverhausen: SPECTRE

No worries, this review contains no spoilers.

SPECTRE is that nasty international organization that James Bond has been battling, I believe, since You Only Live Twice (1965). It's directed by Sam Mendez, who directed the fabulous Skyfall, and brings back its rebooted characters (M, Miss Moneypenny, Q), the famed Aston Martin, sexy Bond girls, exotic locales and plenty of action and drama.  It may not quite be the gem that Skyfall was, but it's thoroughly entertaining and enthralling with Daniel Craig as superb a 007 as ever.

At 2-1/2 hours, it can get a little taxing on the derriere, but it nonetheless will hold your interest throughout and is well worth seeing on the big screen (it's in IMax) with a box of popcorn in hand. It's certainly on par with, say, Casino Royale ('05). (Can you believe Craig has been Bond for 10 years now? He looks none the worst for wear.)

Blofeld is back, now played by Chrisoph Waltz (last seen in Tim Burton's Big Eyes). Ralph Fiennes has his own battles to save Her Majesty's Secret Service. Even Miss Moneypenny (Naomi Harris) gets into the action.

Sam Smith sings SPECTRE's theme song, "Writing's on the Wall," which I found a bit lackluster. Cinematography and special f/x work are outstanding.

SPECTRE is like an ode to the entire Bond series: a big bouquet of excitement and perpetual motion for fans. Holding out for a hero? No problem -- Bond is here. James Bond. Now at theaters everywhere. Rated PG- 13 foes sex and violence. Released through Columbia Pictures.

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