Actually its a good movie except that it rubs the James Bond fans the wrong way - yeah really. Let me explain. what do you expect of a bond movie?? No, tell me what ...... some great action, a superbly intriguing plot, great ladies, lively kisses, blinding pace, imaginative futuristic gadgets, and a high action climax. The bond movies carry a certain positioning with an opening action sequence setting the pace followed by the main body the building of the plot culminating in a thrilling grand finale - oh.. it feels so satisfying coming out of the movie hall feeling like you just went through two hours of adventure ride.
Here is the catch - casino royale turns out to be great bond movie in the first half and touching love story in the second - the carefully built positioning over decades is lost in an hour or so. The first half is really promising - rivetting actually. The movie opens with a great human chase which is amazing, super human still believable. The plot thickens and you are glued to your seats as the world of terrorism, its financing and its money flows unfold in front of your eyes. The idea of it being all a casino - a game of who is a bigger bluffmaster is actually quite appealing. The editing in this part is crisp - that lets the movie glide through smoothly.
Our new bond is handsome, a good actor, and lives upto the expectations that I have of a bond. Everything about the movie is good (even the second half if you are prepared to watch a love story) except that it seems to have been directed by two directors changing gaurds after the interval. The action that has been the hallmark of bond movies is missing - badly.