Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Casino Royale" (2006)

Speaking of escapism...

Caught the Bond franchise relaunch this weekend. I have to say, it is quite good although somewhat unbalanced between big action and more personal intensity.

Daniel Craig is James Bond from the Ian Fleming books. He is a hard cunt who kicks ass and takes names. And it is awesome to see that James Bond in action on the big screen. This movie is really "James Bond Begins" - it's his first mission and there is definitely a learning curve for the secret agent (both professionally and emotionally). For me that is what made this movie super-great. To see Bond fuck-up, learn, adapt, but at the end of the day blast his way to victory.

I won't get in to plot here other than to say when they slow the story down in the middle section (the card game) the movie really shines. Don't get me wrong, there is a ton of kick-ass action on hand here, but it was nice to have a more classic feeling mid-section to this caper. The Casino segment feels really old-school and is just what this reimagining of the franchise needed.

If they can continue to combine that mature story-telling confidence with Daniel Craig's awesome owning of the Bond character the Broccoli legacy will have several great Bond movies on their hands over the next few years.

Originally posted on November 22, 2006 on Myspace.

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