Spectre

3 Stars

What you’d expect, and not much else.

Another film down and it just feels like standard operating procedure. Overly dramatic theme song, Bond using as many different modes of transport as possible, visiting exotic cities, drinking martinis, fast cars, watches, having it away with the women – you get the idea. If that’s all you want from a Bond film, then great. If you expect a little more you may feel somewhat short changed.

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This time round, James (Daniel Craig) is in hot water with his new boss, M (Ralph Fiennes). After receiving a tip-off in the mail from the previous M (Judi Dench) now deceased, he embarks on a new mission she has assigned him. Going against all orders, and with the help of colleagues Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Wishaw) he discovers an organisation called Spectre, which threatens the very existence of their secret service.

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I was interested in seeing Monica Bellucci but her part is in fact very minor. Léa Seydoux has a considerably greater role than she does. Christoph Waltz is very much the stereotypical baddie, much like an Alan Rickman for our generation. Then there’s Ben Wishaw as Q, I can’t talk about the actors and not mention just how much his character reminds me of Moss from the IT Crowd.

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The opening scene does set a high standard. Set in Mexico, at the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival, the costumes and overall vibe is really enticing, with pulsing background music and you just wonder what is going to happen next – a great way to open the movie. There is a pretty spectacular fight scene in a helicopter as well. But then as the film progresses it soon relaxes into safe and expected 007 territory.

It feels like the whole Bond film series could really do with a shake-up of sorts. There’s a fine line between being sentimentally endearing and downright predictable. I’m sure fans will be satisfied but I doubt that any will be blown away by this. Perhaps they do need a new actor to play Bond, just to up the interest level. They need something fresh, in any case. Hopefully the next one will wow us a little more!

Spectre premieres in Sweden on October 30.

Crimson Peak

4.5 Stars

Just beautiful.

I never thought a horror film could be quite as enchanting and cosy as this. It took a pro like director Guillermo del Toro to take the genre and make it sparkle. Haunted house? Check. Girl exploring said house all alone? Check. But Crimson Peak is so much more than that.

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Aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) makes acquaintance with Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) while working at her father’s office. As Edith and Thomas become closer and Thomas’s sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) comes into the picture, Edith’s father grows suspicious of their true intentions.

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It was actually disappointing for me not to be able to award this 5 stars. It has so much going for it: top-notch acting (and who knew Jessica Chastain would look this good as a brunette?), gorgeous sets and scenery, exquisite period costume design, interesting story, and even some extremely touching moments too. Not only that, but this is a film that makes you think. You get that wonderful feeling of walking out of the cinema and having an ever-so-slightly different perspective on things.

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Yet I still reserve the top rating to films which, in my point of view, are close to perfect. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t quite there; the main culprit being CGI. In some scenes it looks like they borrowed the CGI skeletons from Pirates of the Carribean and dripped them in red wax. Less is more, people! I can’t help but think it would have been so much eerier if they had taken it easy on the digital effects. Secondly, the plot – although very interesting, wasn’t quite as polished as it could have been. But don’t let that dampen your spirits. Its enjoyability factor is through the roof, and that’s the main thing!

Just in time for Haloween, this one is a definite must-see. Crimson Peak premieres in Sweden on October 16.

The Walk

3.5 Stars

Get inspired.

If you have a dream which is yet unfulfilled, you need to watch this film. If it doesn’t inspire you to take action, I don’t know what will. Directed by the man who brought us Back To The Future (my favourite film), Robert Zemeckis.

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This is the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the French man who dared to live his dream of walking a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center without a safety harness. With a huge helping hand from circus high-wire performer Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley) and a group of ‘accomplices’, he embarks on the unbelievable stunt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does amazingly well here, you’d swear he was really French. The things actors have to do these days in order for filmmakers to get a big name on the movie poster!

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I find that true stories which are made into films tend not to be as gripping as fiction. Real life tends to have less ups and downs. This is one of the better ones; there are moments where you’d swear it was made up. This is a very good film, the reason why it just missed out on 4 stars was the re-watchability factor. I just can’t see myself wanting to watch it again.

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Don’t make any extra effort to see it in 3D; as with many other films these days, it’s so rarely used to full effect.

The Walk premieres in Sweden on October 9.