A friend just said that James Bond movies are like comfort food, and I so agree. There’s something really endearing about the longtime film franchise, especially if you were around when the first ones were released. And yet, each new film is fantastic (in my view!), and I love the brooding Daniel Craig as 007. Directed by Sam Mendes, this latest film finds the handsome agent on a rogue mission to Mexico City (throwback to 1973’s “Live and Let Die”) and then Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE.
Back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE and the chilling connection between Bond and his enemy, played by one of the best cinematic villains ever, Christoph Waltz.
Along with the nostalgia factor, one reason I love Bond movies so much is that you know what you’re getting. A thrilling opening sequence, luxurious locales, exotic cars (Aston Martins, but of course), and beautiful people. It all adds up to a fulfilling movie experience.
PARENT INFO: In the James Bond tradition, this 24th film includes plenty of car chases, explosions, shoot-outs, and some unbelievable stunts, after which Bond gets up and walks away. Cringeworthy moments include a guy’s eye being gouged out, a suicide by gunshot, and a drill into someone’s skull. Some swearing, including “s–t,” and the requisite kissing, groping and martinis – shaken, not stirred. Ok for kids 14 and up.
PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language | In Theaters 11/6 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Columbia/Sony | Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels | 007.com
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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