December 3rd, 2006

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Casino Royale (spoilers)

Saw Casino Royale last night. The casting was excellent (I note with interest that Daniel Craig and Eva Green have been cast in the film adapation of His Dark Materials as Lord Asriel and Serafina Pekkala), the action scenes were excellent, the dialogue was very good, the plot dragged a bit toward the end and got rather dubious, but I'm told this is not unusual for Bond movies, and on the whole it was a movie much more to my tastes than I expect prior installments of the franchise would be.

You can hear the "but" coming, can't you? Not only that, you can probably guess what it is.

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Finally, even if the credit sequence was traditional, I still hated it, both in itself and in the horrible jarring way it turned violence and dead bodies into manipulation of cards, in contrast to the terrific, gritty, black-and-white pre-credits sequence where the violence was deliberately not stylized.