Tuesday, December 05, 2006
About Casino Royal...
I saw the movie and wanted to digest it for a few weeks before I jumped in with my thoughts. The movie "itself" was pretty good. A fair amount of action (could have used more) and Daniel Craig was a pretty good action figure. The movie ran too long for its content and the "extended" romance scenes at the end of the movie could have been dramatically reduced (WAY too long). All in all it gets about a B on the Irritated Scale.
Now for the bad...
(DISCLAIMER: I am not a "fan boy" when it comes to my movies. I enjoy re-inventing, re-invisioning, re-booting, and any other phrase which is normally attached to remake/sequels that change fundamental events or characters from the earlier versions. One such example of this is the New Battlestar Galactica series which i think is just fantastic.)
The movie is NOT a James Bond movie. The movie is NOTHING AT ALL like the book. The only similarities between this movie and any other James Bond film or book is the names of the characters. From the perspective of the book, the plot, character traits, setting, and well everything accept character names has been changed. This movie is not a James Bond movie.
I would have been happy with this movie if they just made character name changes and called it something else, even if they kept the James Bond spin and had named the movie ANYTHING else I would have been modestly happy. IMHO it was a huge mistake to call this movie Casino Royal when it had nothing to do with the book.