Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My Rebellious Afternoon with 007

I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but last night, I ate two snickerdoodles and drank a glass of wine for dinner before going to bed at 8 p.m. Then today, I skipped work to go see "Casino Royale," FINALLY. I'll refrain from commenting about all of you who said you would go with me. Like a teenager skipping school, I snuck out the back door and headed to the theater in the next town over to catch the matinee. If you have not seen the movie, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. I am going to express my opinion right now without holding back details ~ very rare, I know, but I think part of this is because I did not have anyone with whom to talk about the movie when it was over. So here goes:

First, I think Mr. Craig did an excellent job. While I prefer the darker Bonds aesthetically, I give him my blessing as Bond's character. I think he might have been a little too squishy at the end, but all appearances aside, he maintained the aura of Bond quite well. Oh, and he wasn't that bad looking naked, played a mean hand of poker, and enviously exhibited calm, cool, and collected. Craig was exceptionally convincing. He can stay. The girl however, is another story...

When "Vesper" parked her confident butt across from Bond on the train as an ACCOUNTANT for an INTERNATIONAL ENTITY, I was SOOOOOO EXCITED. (Can you tell?) She played Bond's Femme Fatale well, until the shower scene. At which point I decided she could not be a Bond girl if she could not PULL UP HER SKIRT. Seriously muchacha, if you can't take the heat, get the hell of of the kitchen. The Ugandan rebel "freedom" fighters were not stopping by to play Monopoly. I warmed a little to her when she wouldn't give Bond the reserve money after he lost the initial buy- mostly because I became a patriot (YAY CIA!) when the U.S. agent intervened. And there is the tiny detail of her saving his life, but all of that aside, I still think he should have left her in the Italian elevator (not that it mattered). Yes, I did kind of silently yell at him to leave her in the water. Call me a wench, but I just don't take betrayal lightly. Is that all they've got? If this is the best Femme Fatale they could whip up, I honestly think I could play a better Bond Girl (think Hermione Granger meets Lucy Liu). I did like some aspects of her, however, I'm glad she died (harsh, I know, but it's the truth), and I am rather interested to see who the next one is...

The movie was spectacular. Bond did not have as many gadgets as one would have expected, but I think that made the movie more exasperating and believable. I enjoyed both actors. I felt they played their characters extremely well. However much I did not like "Vesper," I did enjoy Eva Green. She was dazzling, remarkable, quite pretty, and high quality, as far as actresses go.

Details: I LOVED the opening credits of the movie with the animated graphics of Bond and the vertiginous cards as a very vintage, yet modern whirl of impressive computer animation. It was very cool. I also enjoyed the fighting in the beginning, especially the scenes in Uganda before Bond arrived at the Embassy. It wasn't completely unbelievable, but it wasn't so far fetched that I wanted to roll my eyes either.

An aside: Since when did trailers show the entire movie instead of just a preview? At what point did they stop becoming snippets? I feel like I don't even need to go see the showcased movies now. Also, when did it become acceptable to show previews for movies to be released in a year? Did I miss something? I know it has been awhile, but honestly, is this necessary?

This movie sparked my curiosity much more about illicit things. I always have been intrigued by such random matters (especially spies, Bond, crazy dangerous things, etc, just ask my dad about the mail box) but now, I'm going to delve deeper into how it all works. Seriously, I want to get invited to a poker game in Montenegro. I saw the Asian lady at the table so I know it can be done...Once again, I'd like to reiterate how much I think I would make an excellent Bond girl...


I highly recommend this film. If you didn't heed my warning and read anyway, GO SEE IT!

2 comments:

Chris said...

I agree with your thoughts on the movie. I think we totally do need to sample the "vesper"--the drink I mean. 3 measures of Gordons being the principal ingredient, I think you should agree.

I was so enticed by the movie, while I was Christmas shopping I saw Ian Fleming's Casino Royale on sale at the bookstore. I bought it on site and read it. I think you might like his views on betrayal in the end. I suggest you read it! And if you've ever wanted to know how to play baccarat, it explains that pretty well too. You see, Texas hold'em was apparently an attempt for the film producers to "modernize" the story. I must admit, I found it odd when I first saw the film, and would have preferred a more... exclusive and traditional game..

cupcake said...

You know me, I am always up for the drink! I definitely will check out the book. I was thinking of having a Bond marathon with the movies and then a month with the books. Of course, the "vesper" will make an appearance as "drink of the week." All the more reason for me to make a road trip...

I'm disappointed they changed the game now that I know, as I can be somewhat of a purist. Also, I can't wait to read the novel.