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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Nice To See That Bond Is Human

So I also saw Casino Royale this past weekend (3 movies in one weekend, after not seeing any in a month) and despite hearing a lot of good things about it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually was, finally, a very good Bond movie.

Daniel Craig feels perfect in the role, and it's a breath of fresh air that they finally let his Bond be human. Past Bonds were always expected to be completely inflappable, to never be worried, to always be sort of boring. Here, finally, it felt like a Bond that was really living the part.

(Now if they'd just do something similar with Superman).

The setpieces worked well, particularly the early running-around-the-construction-site one. I agree that the casino segment seems to go on for a while, though ironically it's not because of the actual poker scenes -- I think they only show three hands in the whole Casino Royale sequence.

The poker scenes were also the typical ones, in which it all comes down to everyone having the kind of great hands that never simultaneously happen in real life. You don't need to know how to read other players, or see their tells, if you get a hand like this. As it was the bad guy's tell was so painfully obvious, that the poker-expert bad guy shouldn't have needed anyone to tell him about it, while Bond should suspect throughout that he is being set up.

The very end drags on for a while, though the final setpiece is very solid too. Overall, it's an entertaining ride.

It's also an example of a studio film that gets a PG-13 despite a myriad of reasons why it should have been R, including a torture scene. Just because the brutality is implied, doesn't mean that we don't feel it.


At 12:19 PM, Blogger minijonb said...

I really liked this new Bond interpretation. It felt right. It had the sinister aspect that the first few Connery versions had at times. My date to the movie didn't like it at all... I'm not sure if I can continue to see her =;-)

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous pdboy said...

I loved this flick.

As I said on another blog: Bond has his swagger back again, a relevance that makes him exciting to watch.

Daniel Craig hit this out of the ballpark. From the very first scene, this guy owned the role.

He made Brosnan look like a flabby waste of two and a half hours.

And with an actor of such gravitas came a script worthy of his talents (I suppose each Bond gets the script he deserves).

I agree with you Scott: this was NOT a PG-13 film.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

I liked this Bond film as well. I think they can show a more human side because it is before his shields go full on (never to come down again).

Not sure if I liked the extended epilogue (if you will), but it was all fun.

I will like to see where the series goes next.

Can't pass up an opportunity to diss Supes, huh Scott. You non-Kool-aid drinking doubters sicken me.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Tom, just because it's a Superman movie doesn't mean it's automatically good.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Yeah, that's America for you. You can have all the violence you want, but as long as it's low on exposed breasts it can stay PG-13.

That torture scene still have me waking up scared in the middle of the night, and I don't even have testicles.

Now that's powerful cinema.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was somehwat entertaining and many of the elements that made recent Bond movies somehwat a pardoy were elimknated, but I definitely don't feel like it was a GOOD Bond movie...

After all, who exactly was the real villain? It certainly wasn't Le Chiffre.

- Allen

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Systemaddict said...

Woulda been nice if they kept Bonds game the same...Baccarat!

Poker? Bond doesn't play poker!


At 11:01 PM, Blogger citygirl said...

I've loved Daniel Craig for a while now, so I admit I'm biased but...his Bond kicked ass!

What I really loved (other than DC in those swim trunks): they got rid of all the tongue-in-cheek crap that's taken the edge out of series. Bond kills for a living, and we should always be able to see the guy as someone who can do that. Also? Bond made mistakes and was actually human enough to get scared a few times. Sometimes it's good to be able to identify a little with someone who seems so unbelievably cool.

I can't wait for this to come out on DVD. Hope the disc has some cool extras!

BTW, thanks for the sidebar shoutout ;D


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