Mike Beversluis

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Casino Royale

It's pretty good. It is to the Bond franchise what Batman Begins is to the Batman series - a goofy premise executed without the total camp of its predecessors. The violence is less cartoonish, and the dialog even has its erudite moments. Bond and Vespers sizing each other up was a humorous deconstruction of the whole series. On the other hand, it has its dumb moments too, like when they too broadly explain the "intricacies" of Bond's poker strategy. But it's a Bond movie, not Shakespeare. I liked Daniel Craig in Layer Cake and I liked him here. This review does a decent job at summing things up.

P.S., the theme sequence lacks naked women silhouettes, which was taking the rebranding movement a step too far.



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