I really enjoyed Casino Royale and let me tell you why. I got really tired of the Pierce Brosnan flicks which got progressively worse and worse. The franchise needed new life, and a new bond was the ticket. It’s sort of like the Batman pictures which started out great but declined rapidly until we were left with a cast of George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman, and Ahhhhhnold. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill series and Gattaca, and who can deny that Mr. Schwarzenegger is the best actor on the planet, but the cast was just put together wrong.
And the plot of the Batman films started to become absurd. Which brings me back to the Bond films. Goldeneye was the first Bond film I saw in the theaters, or anywhere for that matter (I was 13 when it came out), and I loved it. But let me just run through this list real quick and see if any of these movies stand out in any way shape or form for you: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day. If you’re like me, you’re saying to yourself “oh I know what that movie was about, or wait, was it that other movie that was about that, what was the second one about again, have I even see all three of these?” That’s because they suck.
Well Casino Royale doesn’t.
I’m not going to go wasting anyone’s time spouting off actors’ real names or recollecting the names of certain places in the film blah blah blah. You just want to hear why it was good. Rather, I want to document why it was good so I know in the future which movies to buy and watch. If anyone actually reads this and rents the film because of it, then that’s real swell.
The guy who played Bond was oh so perfectly cast. He is the quintessential Bond. He is everything a Bond should be, and not having seen the pre-Brosnan Bond films I would argue that he is one of the best ever.
The car was oh so sticky sweet. It really wasn’t sticky though as it had velvety upholstered dash boards and sleek bevels and such. It was some sort of Aston Martin (of course) that I don’t feel like researching.
The girls were oh so exotically beautiful. Wouldn’t be a Bond film without that, now would it?
And the plot was excellent. I loved that it was about a high stakes poker game in a casino in some exotic town in Italy (that I don’t feel like researching). It was hilarious too. Remember the torture scene? Yeah, that’s right, a torture scene was actually hilarious. How did they do that? I’ll tell you how – the guy who played Bond was amazing, and somehow he made you laugh at him while he was being tortured. It was like an episode of 24 infused with humor.
I want to keep talking about the good. I don’t want this portion to be over. Oh I got it: the ending was spectacular. I’ve never seen a bond film end in such a way as this one. I’m not going to say any more because I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it yet.
It wasn’t that believable. First of all, they’d never be able to get away with driving that tanker on the tarmack of an airport during the debut of the world’s biggest plane. It just wouldn’t be as simple as they made it seem. Secondly, it didn’t seem right that during a 100 milion dollar poker tournament these guys would try to kill each other during the breaks and then come back and sit down and pretend like nothing happened. Why not just kill each other straight up and steel each other’s money? Finally, at the beginning of the movie there were a few goofs. No one can run as fast or jump as high as that crazy street runner guy. And no one could get away from 20 automatic guns aimed right at their head by simply shooting the nozzle off a propane tank. That was definitely a cop out scene.
I really can’t think of anything bad about this film as a whole. I remember sitting through it and loving every second of it both times I watched it. Whoever directed it (which I don’t feel like researching) and whoever acted in it (which I don’t have time to look up) and whoever wrote the script (which I can’t spare the time to find out) should be awarded some sort of movie award (whichever ones there are – can’t research that right now) in a town that is known for producing movies where a lot of actors tend to live (wherever that may be).
Acting – no beratings
Plot – no beratings
Inconsistencies – no beratings
Unbelievable Events – 1 berating
Schematics – no beratings
Recommended Investment = See it the first weekend
0/10 Stand in line for the very first showing
1/10 See it the first weekend
2/10 See it at full price
3/10 See it at the Five-Buck-Club
4/10 See it at the dollar-fifty
5/10 See it OnDemand
6/10 Rent it from Blockbuster
7/10 Watch it on TV
8/10 Watch it purely for spousal points
9/10 Never watch it
10/10 Buy it and publicly destroy it