Friday, 24 November 2006

James Bond: Casino Royale

I've just come back home after seeing the premiere of the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale. I know I promised I'd write a review, but in advance I have to say that it's very hard to after only having seen it once. I will give it a try, but I might change my mind about certain things later on ... :)
I will also try to not give away far to much, but a certain amount of "spoiling" will probably be unavoidable if I shall give a fair review. Therefore, if you don't want to know anything at all about the movie before seeing it yourself - I advice you do not read this review ...

Okay, here we go! :)
Daniel Craig as James Bond ... not perhaps my first choice. He's a very talented actor, and he's got a very intense look, but I have a hard time really accepting him as James Bond. He does grow on you a bit, he felt a lot more believable in the part in the end of the movie than in the beginning - so I might get used to him given time! :)

Unfortunately it's been a long time since I read the book, but I certainly remembered some things, even though a lot has changed too.
One little thing, and this might be considered a spoiler, for those of you who hate those *lol* ... This movie is really a "pre-Bond" movie ... which feels rather strange. It actually takes place before all the other Bond movies, and before you come to terms with that, it tends to be a little confusing!
Some of it is made in a great way though, for instance you find out where Bonds original Aston Martin comes from! *lol* And also where he gets the scar over his eyebrow (which is more evident and important in the books than in the movies, but still ...) - although I think the make-up department was a little less than consistent with this. This little "time-warp" did however create some problems as well, and I know I have a hard time accepting some things. This might change when I get a chance to see the movie a few more times, as it tends to be rather confusing the first time.

Mads Mikelsen as villain Le Chiffre was really good! Very, very impressive, and totally creepy! Wonderful casting indeed!!
Eva Green as Bond-girl Vesper Lynd was also quite good, although she's not one of my favourite Bond women. I remember not feeling to fond of her when I read the book either, so it might the character that I don't really get along with.
Dame Judi Dench did a wonderful job as M again, of course! She's such a talent, and she brings so much to every scene. She really played out this time-thing, she acted with a little less authority around Bond than in previous movies, and you could really understand that she was not so certain of either her own position or of Bond himself!

The storyline in itself was of course not the same as the book, as that never would have worked. Still, I found the storyline quite believable and not bad at all.
However, the "time-thing" was confusing, I can't help that. I don't know if it gets clearer if you see the movie a few more times, but there were things about it that I felt didn't quite add up ... I'll have to get back to you on that when I've seen it a few more times! :)

The ending was quite good! Definately surprising and different, and I always like that!
I won't go into trying to 'grade' the movie, I simply can't do that after only having seen it once. However, I think it works, definately! I think that true hard-core James Bond-fans may have a hard time accepting some of the inconsistancies, but it definately works!!

Hope you enjoyed the review! :)





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14 comments:

Jexxie said...

Är mkt hoppfull angående filmen. Bra recension!

The darkest night said...

Great review Jessica! I really enjoyed reading it!! (and don't worry, I don't think it had too many spoilers) :)

Jessica said...

Glad you guys liked the review! :)
I hope you'll enjoy the movie too! :D
Seeya!

The darkest night said...

I'll let you know what I thought when/if I see the movie...

I really don't think I'll be seeing it in the cinema...but probably on dvd some time in the future....I am a bit curious of it....

Jessica said...

Good luck with that ... I DEFINATELY need to get it on dvd as soon as it comes out - I won't bother going to the cinema a second time, but some parts were very confusing, and I NEED to figure them out! :D
Also, I want to buy the big James Bond box even more now! *sob* Why aren't I rich!?!?!?!?

The darkest night said...

Cool! :) I might just get to see it at your place if I don't get the dvd myself then ?? *smile*

I can totally understand that you want the big Bond box! it looks so cool! (I'm wanting the big xfiles box myself...also very cool...but I doubt I'll EVER be able to buy it...)

Jexxie said...

Hej! Mamma och Pappa ska köpa James Bond boxen....längtar tills jag får se extra materialet. skulle vilja se "Bond girls forever" som jag började se på tv, men missade resten. Den dokumentären ska finnas på en av filmerna. Man kan också få den om man köper ngn filmtidning (minns inte vilken) på presstop i lund. Du och jag får ta och köra ett Jaes Bond maraton!!!!

Jessica said...

the darkest night:
You most certainly can! :) Always great to find more things we HAVE to do when we visit each other! *lol*

Yeah, it's horrible not to be rich! I'm constantly debating with myself over the Bond box! *sigh* I did very well on Tradera last time - and I'm putting up more auctions tonight - but it's still SOOO much money!!!

Jessica said...

jexxie:
MYCKET AVUNDSJUK!!! *lol* Önskar verkligen att jag kunde få råd att köpa den, men priset utgör ju lixom 35% av HELA studielånet ... not good!! Har sålt av en hel del prylar på sistone - håller på att resna ut bland samlingarna! - men jag vet ändå inte om jag har råd att lägga ner så mycket pengar på den! *snyft*

The darkest night said...

Yeah! We have quite a long list of things to watch next time! *lol* Maybe I should visit for a year or two? *lol*

Good luck on getting the box...and with your auctions! I hope you'll make enough money!

Jessica said...

*lol* Yay - me like long visits! :D

And thanks, I think I'll need all the luck I can get with the auctions ...

The darkest night said...

great! me too! :) (I would have thought you'd be fed up with me after 4 days in London this summer *lol*)

How about on Saturday we try do some planning ? :)

Jessica said...

GREAT! And NO, I did NOT get fed up with you, so there!
And you're right, it's easier to plan when we see eachother!
*looking forward to Saturday now*! :)

The darkest night said...

AW..thanks! ;)

Goodie! I'm also REALLY looking forward to Saturday!