"Spectre" in my opinion is certainly not the disaster many US critics claim it to be.
I totally agree. I knew from various reports that the US critics were calling the movie disappointing and more but I don't read reviews before I see a film because too often even the best critic will reveal too much.
I do have to say, I love Daniel Craig as James Bond. He brings a cool and a lethal edge to the character that no one else has captured. I loved Casino Royale
very much and Quantum of Solace not as much.
As for Spectre
, both Mr. Cutter and I both enjoyed the film tremendously. Chris' review captures many of the points and I don't want to give too much away.
I loved the homages to previous Bond films, as Chris pointed out Her Majesty's Secret Service
and there was an homage to You Only Live Twice
Loved M, Q and Moneypenny and Tanner as Bond's back up team. I first saw Ben Wishaw (Q) on the BBC show The Hour
and really like what he is doing with the role of Q.
It may help to watch both Casino Royale
(if you haven't seen them) before seeing this film as there are various shout-outs and plot points that reach back to both films.
Like Chris, I found the story line very timely and didn't find the 2 hour and 20 minute running time slow, repetitive or dragging. Though Roger Deakins was unable to return as the Director of Photography on this one, Hoyt Van Hoytema ably takes his place and does a knock-out job with the international locales and especially that opening shot.
But don't let the US critics or the buzz dissuade you from seeing this film. It is a terrific James Bond film and well worth seeing.
PS- I am heartened to see that Daniel Craig is changing his tune about returning as Bond (he is contracted for one more film) and hope that he, Sam Mendes and the rest of the gang return for the next installment.