Film Review: Casino Royale

I’ve just been to see a special preview of the 21st Film in the Bond Franchise, Casino Royale. First and foremost Daniel Craig, yes he’s handsome, young but not too young, strong, virile and witty but he lacks the charm and charisma of previous (or future depending on your perspective) Bonds.

Don’t get me wrong, this is one of the better Bond films and certainly worth going to see at the cinema but it certainly isn’t the best. Its different approach to Bond, his reactions and the story whilst refreshing just seemed to drag down the pace we’re been accustomed to for the past 40 years. I mean no ‘Q’, No major gadgetry, no car chase what the hell happened? Okay they’ve shifted the original game from Baccarat to Texas Hold’em attributed to the recent development in Pop Culture so fellow gamblers empathise with the tension but it wasn’t enough to hold the film for me.

Special effects, as far as I could tell there weren’t any, so hurrah! The stunts looked real and from the glimpses I’ve seen on the television they were actually performed as opposed to using synthesbians.

All in all a good film, but if you were down to your last £10 and it came down to a choice between seeing this or getting a train ticket home I would get the train ticket. Worth a watch, perhaps a positive comment here or there but I’m not completely satisfied.

Film Review: Superman Returns – The IMAX Experience

On the doomed planet Krypton, a wise scientist placed his infant son into a spacecraft and launched him to Earth.

Raised by a kind farmer and his wife, the boy grew up to become our greatest protector… Superman.

But when astronomers discovered the distant remains of his home world, Superman Disappeared.

This was my second viewing of this slice of cinematic history, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the 3D effects though, either it was the glasses being bent out of shape, just plain ineffective or my position in the theatre but I really didn’t feel part of the film. Falling with the plane as Superman tries to correct it’s tail spin was completely wasted on me and it all as a bit of a blur.

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Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Wowzers, good sequel. Its not quite what I expected through, I anticipated a movie that felt like the first half of an adventure not an enduring quest that draws out the action. What I mean is the punches felt spaced out rather than a rapid succession. The first film was and still is a swashbuckling adventure the second more of a journey across middle earth to save the entire world.

In most cases where sequels are desired but the companies funding them are unsure of their success endings aren’t left closed. The creators have always said they wanted to make more than one but obviously they didn’t thread the first stories into the sequels. This often leads to sequels having stories that are a little far fetched, they twist the facts to account for the past film and leave out others. Dead Man’s Chest marvellously takes off exactly where you would expect Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Ms. Swann to be after such an absence.

The entire film cried quality, I ask, if there were any special effects (besides the monsters) I couldn’t see them. The digital stunt doubles were seamless unless they got actual people to do the stunts in which case I’m insanely happy because you don’t get that enough these days. Sound was beautiful, I love a good score to a film especially when you get to hear it in full dolby surround sound!

Towards the end it seemed like they were trying to do too much, the 3 way sword fight for example. Not quite as entertaining as the sequence in the first film in the blacksmith forge, the snappy dialogue and movement around the environment, floor, press/furnace, rafters kept it interesting whereas going around and around on the watermill and standing in the middle of an expansive beach didn’t quite get my juices flowing. Admittedly the beach sequence was ‘dull’ to not distract from the ‘humour’ being spouted by Ms. Swann but it just wasn’t funny enough.

The ending was colossal, such a grandiose finale for Jack and a surprise I never saw coming. Certainly kept me interested in returning to see the 3rd instalment and hopefully not too long a wait a la Matrix Reloaded to Revolutions (6 months give or take) in comparison to the Lord of the Rings’ 12 months.

Rating: 88%

I said it would be Erratic!

In an act of generosity I’ve taken my little sister the cinema to see the latest Harry Potter and I unexpectedly bumped into an ex-cinema college, great chap apparently he quit that gig not long after me and tried other avenues. Can’t say I blame him but apparently all the jobs he tried sucked more so there he was at it again, selling tickets and popcorn.

Missed last weeks pub quiz because ‘Mr. Sophisticated’ was in Mascadonia, it’s alright for some, least we got to go this week. We won diddlely squat but even if we did with the Jackpot going at £270 odd before Xmas it was a mere £25 odd this week.

Caught up with an ol’ school chum Tuesday, it’s great seeing what he’s upto these days considering I thought we were both going to do the same thing post A-levels. I suppose through him I get to see what my alternative life would be like. A cracking chap and over due a visit to Uni-town.

And finally tonight, I’ve left the refinement of my manifesto for SSAGO exec till the last minute which has really gotten my adrenaline running. What a giggle, hope my tardiness doesn’t let me down.