Friday, March 02, 2007

Casino Royale (2006)

***½
USA/UK/Germany/Czech Republic

Seeing as every screen superhero of late has been getting a down-and-dirty makeover (adopting an earnest, Jung-inflected persona in the process and discarding his sense of humour), it isn't surprising to see the trend befall Mr. Bond. What is surprising is how well it works. The fight sequences are no longer trashily entertaining like big budget musical numbers are - they carry a dramatic urgency. Bond himself is no longer a smarmy aging sleazebag who's surely never had to take a punch - he's steely, he's determined and frighteningly vicious. And even the Bond girl is bestowed a personality not entirely defined in relation to Mr. Bond or her cup size.

dir: Martin Campbell
cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Jesper Christensen, Ivana Milicevic

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