Casino Royale Reviews
On an additional plus side, the soundtrack is great.
The big names sound good, but their acting is far lower than what any fan would expect; the quick change in perspective from Mata Hari to 'James Bond' is too confusing to even realise it's a Bond film. The plot simply squishes the book's plot into a story that wouldn't be funny in a Family Guy parody.
What Is the best way to describe this disaster of a mash up? The movie's last 10 minutes.
All of this is so painfully obvious in the final cut of the film. To be blunt, it's a terribly crafted film. Despite being a huge tonal shift from the rest of the Bond films, the film starts out well enough: the plot is a reasonable kind of absurd, and the plot of a retired James Bond being forced out of retirement to fight SMERSH (no SPECTRE here) is admittedly a cool premise for a Bond film. However, as the film progresses, it slowly loses all cohesion as characters are introduced and thrown out of the narrative with no explanation and plot points become more interested in being absurd than logical. At a point, everything becomes so disconnected, and the plot literally becomes nearly impossible to follow. At this same point, all the clever satire the film had established in the first act, largely dealing with the themes of sex and womanizing in the franchise, is thrown out in favor of joke after joke that never land. Running over two hours, it certainly outstays its welcome, and the ending becomes a breath of fresh air: not for the way it actually concludes, but the mere fact that such a nightmarish production has finally ended.
Well, the Burt Bacharach music is nice.