Sunday, August 6, 2017

Casino Royale

Is it blasphemy that I've never seen a James Bond movie before? I think that it might be blasphemy. I just never saw a reason for all of the hype before. So it was a famous spy series. So what?

So what? What on Earth was I thinking? I can't speak for any of the other Bond movies, but Casino Royale was great! I'm legitimately annoyed with myself for not watching these movies sooner.

Was it perfect? No. No movie is. They spent far too much time on the Vesper and Bond "happily ever after," one that I didn't quite buy. When did Bond fall in love with her to the point of giving up his spy career? That seemed sudden and out of left field to me. And Bond didn't even get to kill the main villain! Which is a pretty lame way of getting Bond out of some truly awful torture, if you ask me. I don't care if he's new and inexperienced. I want my Agent 007 to kick some ass and kill the bad guy. Is that so much to ask for?

I did like that they managed to make a poker game exciting, though. It can be boring just watching a bunch of guys sit around and play cards for several scenes, but my attention never wandered. I would have preferred to see Bond "playing the players" as it were a bit more, but the interactions between him and Le Chiffre were top notch. They felt like intellectual matches.

As did Bond and Vesper. Their first conversation absolutely sparkled. It was sarcastic and flirty and crackled with chemistry. Even if I didn't know Bond's habit of sleeping with almost every female he comes across, it would be obvious where they were eventually heading. They were equals, and remained that way throughout the entire movie, which I appreciated. I kept expecting Vesper to turn into a damsel in distress, but she never did.

What she did do was turn evil. Well, I suppose the term "double agent" might be a better one. I'm not sure if it was strictly needed. I mean, obviously Bond can't settle down and go sailing around the world with a woman. That's just not in his future. But Vesper's betrayal came out of left field and only added unnecessary minutes to the movie's runtime.

Honestly, the more that I think about this movie, the more issues and flaws that I'm finding in it. But I'm not going to go into those in detail. Why? Because when I was watching the movie, none of those things bothered me. I was completely engrossed in the story. And when the movie ended, I immediately wanted to find and watch the next one. That's what Casino Royale was supposed to do, and that's good enough for me.

Random Thoughts

Damn, Daniel Craig's eyes are blue.

You probably already know this, but Craig was the first blonde actor to play 007.

There were some very, very awesome cars in this movie.

Eva Green is a goddess that makes everything better. Any argument to the contrary is false.

I liked the black and white opening scene.

Awesome movie.

9.0 out of 10

~An Honest Fangirl 

1 comment:

  1. Nice review, Fangirl! Casino Royale is a good one. I'm not a big fan of the Bond movies, but I really do like Craig in this one. Although my favorite Bond has always been Sean Connery in the original Bond movies in the sixties, like Dr. No and Goldfinger. They feel a bit different than the current Bond films do. More sarcastic, maybe.

    FWIW, Casino Royale is the first of Ian Fleming's Bond books, and this is a nearly faithful adaptation. Many moons ago, back in the sixties, they made a Casino Royale movie, but it wasn't really a Bond movie and it wasn't based on this book. It was a take-off, a comedy. So Craig's version was the first time they actually brought Fleming's first Bond book to film.