Thursday, November 23, 2006

Casino Royale

Checked out the new Bond flick after Thanksgiving dinner Home. The movie is long at 2 1/2 hours, but it was very good. The last few Bond flicks had grown too reliant on crazy gadgets and shaky story lines. Seeing as the movie is prequel of sorts (though it's set in the present day, it opens with Bond just being anointed a 007), it does a good job of showing, among other things, how Bond becomes a cold, calculating womanizer. The big set action pieces were well done (the opening chase scene was fantastic), and several of the scared cows of the newer films (the famous "shaken, not stirred" martini, the eye candy as sidekick) get skewered here. There's even a rather disturbing torture scene. Craig holds it all together and he will be a good Bond. He shows the right mix of hubris and vulnerability in this story that gives us insight into what the character will eventually become.

I would recommend this one with no reservations (but I have to note the absolutely shameless product placement by Sony...seriously, guys, that was ridiculous).

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