From the desk of The Movie Snob.
Spectre (B+). This is my favorite James Bond film in a long time. Although it is about two and half hours long, I never looked at my watch. The opening action sequence, set in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, had me on the edge of my seat, and really all of the action sequences held my interest very well. Daniel Craig (The Invasion) seems completely at home as 007. Although I have apparently seen this installment’s “Bond girl,” Léa Seydoux, in a couple of movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris), I have no memory of her in those films. Here, however, I thought she was quite memorable. I didn’t think Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) was given enough room to stretch his legs as the head villain, but he did what he could with his few minutes of screen time. I’ll be interested to see if Craig signs on for another installment. I saw somewhere that Spectre has grossed over $800 million worldwide, so I have to think he’d be welcome.