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I moved from NYC to LA in October, 2003. And though I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world, I'm truly loving life here in the City of Angels. I'm a writer, reader, and occasional picture-taker.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Movie Review: Casino Royale

Just got back from seeing it. A simple review, in twenty words:

"Take the final twenty-five minutes and make them five or fewer, and you have a near-perfect Bond film."

Still, go see it. :-)

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8 Comments:

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Now that's what I call getting right to the point! .. I have to agree with you about the end (except for the set piece with the sinking building), but the rest of the movie was good enough to still make it well worth watching

11:21 PM  
Anonymous pdboy said...

I thought it kicked some serious butt. 007 has his swagger back and a good dose of relevancy that has long since been missing.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Yeah, PD, I agree. It was a solid effort. Gritty and dark, but slick at the right parts. Bordering more on a Bourne Identity style, which I dig.

Just the one big flaw, as far as I'm concerned.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Emily Blake said...

That was an excellent film, no doubt. James Bond got more badass, if that was possible.

And a happy Thanksgiving to you!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Agreed -- did a post on this over at my place.

Gobble-gobble.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Eric@19W said...

I agree about the ending. I could even hear a couple in front of me sigh and whisper (at least the rude dude thought he was whispering), "When is this gonna end?" He was clearly worried the whole thing was turning into a romance film.

My favorite thing about this much needed updated Bond film is that Bond actually gets really messed up physically. His hair isn't in place all the time...and he actually has blood (hey Bond bleeds!!!), all over himself (even has to change his shirt)...oh and hey look: scars! It always irked me in the old Bond films when he would go through such travail only to resurrect with tux neatly in place and hair/face unscathed.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Hugo Fuchs said...

Okay, I haven't seen it. But having seen the previews, I think it could be summed up as. A good James Bond film has him as a slick, suave, good guy, and intense action. Trying to appeal to the 'chick flick' or 'gone bad' crowds diminishes the CHARACTER of James Bond. FLashy stunts are great, but new gadgets are also a driving force. Oh, and good looking women are a big part. However, James Bond is the ultimate player not the romance novel hero.

7:18 PM  
Blogger wcmartell said...

From the minute the villain is killed until teh end of the film is almost *40* minutes! (I saw it a second time and timed it for my script tip).

Here's my take:

http://www.scriptsecrets.net/tips/tip81.htm

- Bill

12:59 AM  

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