The Artful Dodger wrote:JTWood wrote:Coppermine wrote:I've been avoiding Casino Royale like the plague since I've never been much of a Bond fan and "Die Another Day," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and other dying in relation to days of the week movies left a sour taste in my mouth. But I'll take AD's word for it coming from a true fan and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for this one. I'll probably Netflix it though.
If you hated those Bond movies, you'll love this one. It's completely unlike any Bond movie I've ever seen, and that opening chase sequence is simply top-notch (as in, worth seeing it at the theater good).
Yeah, I thought Tomorrow Never Dies was awful, but of course, Die Another Day was just unbelievably horrendous that it belongs in its own category of mediocrity. If you follow the Bond series, you'll see a few films that try their hardest to become another Goldfinger (and Austin Powers, of course, spoofs this) and either come up short (i.e. The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice) or fail greatly (i.e. Moonraker, A View to a Kill, Die Another Day).
Casino Royale really is Bond back to basics, much like in the Connery days, but what's different is you actually see character development and the storyline is more involving over recent films. The action sequences are terrific without being over-the-top (in fact, they're more visceral than with other Bonds in the past) and so, the movie doesn't feel too contrived from the average Bond flick.
Was Tomorrow Never Dies the one with the helicopter blades spinning in the street and Pierce Brosnan slides under them on a motorcycle? That scene made me want to vomit and made the oil slick fight scene in The Transporter seem like Casablanca.