Casino Royale

Movie review from The Movie Snob

Casino Royale (B). Movie Man Mike has already reviewed this rebooting of the Bond franchise, so I’ll be brief. I liked Daniel Craig (The Golden Compass) as the new James Bond, and I liked the idea of going back to the very beginning, making Bond a newly minted double-0 agent who is still a little rough around the edges. Top spy M (Judi Dench, Philomena) refers to Bond as a “blunt instrument,” and he certainly is. The character development was unusually good for a Bond film, helping to show how Bond would become the character everyone knows. On the down side are many of the things that are always wrong with Bond films. It was too long. Although the technical gizmos are played down, there are still some pretty ridiculous action sequences. (How many times did 007 successfully run through a veritable blizzard of automatic rifle fire?) And much of the time I was hazy about who was doing what to whom and why, although some of the loose ends are decently tied up at the end. All totaled, I give this movie a 007 out of 10.

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8 comments on “Casino Royale

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  2. […] goes on a quest to stop the curse from coming true. A sad-faced gal named Io (Gemma Arterton, Casino Royale), who’s laboring under some curse of her own, tags along with Perseus and his merry band and […]

  3. […] in Casino Royale, Craig is really good as Bond. He is very skilled and athletic at the physical stunts while being […]

  4. […] there’s been a lot of wailing about what a comedown this movie is after the giddy high of Casino Royale. Well, don’t sign me up for that weepfest. I thought Casino Royale was a competent, enjoyable […]

  5. […] of Bond. Not only is Craig a blonde, he’s given the character a newer, more serious dimension. In Casino Royale, we saw him in a more serious relationship with Vesper Lynd. Now, in Quantum, we see the impact […]

  6. […] have been pretty good if they hadn’t been edited into incomprehensibility. Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) is given nothing to do as Kidman’s friend/love interest. Skip it, unless you are as into […]

  7. […] Foreign Film, and it really was quite good. Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, stars as Jacob Petersen, a passionate do-gooder trying to run an orphanage for boys in India. The […]

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