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Casino Royale (2006)
Very overrated & does not deserve the hype...
I thought i'd like this after a few watches but i've still got a negative feeling about this one. As a huge Bond fan, I had mixed views on Casino Royale.
The Good: -
- The prologue in black & white. (Let down by a dismal start that the other Bonds did memorably before the credits even began.)
- The music by David Arnold.
- The free-running sequence.
- The airport sequence.
- Daniel Craigs' performance.
The Bad: -
- Too much card playing.
- Eva Green being a Bond girl in the first place. Was not at all attractive and had a huge chip on her shoulder.
- Not enough action.
Let's hope the next film Quantum of Solace is a worthy sequel to this. It has the talented and beautiful Gemma Arterton as Agent Fields so my hopes are pretty well high for this! Fingers crossed!
The Omen (2006)
Reasonably good, but could be so much better...
When I first heard that the 1976 classic movie directed by Richard Donner was in the for the remake treatment, I was very excited. Due the the expanded technology and today's style of film-making I thought the new film would do very well.
I just come back after seeing the first showing at my local and I don't know what to say about this version. It has its high and low points...The photography was not glossy in the slightest. It was shaky and poorly lit in places...OK, here we go...
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The titles reminded me of "Omen III - The Final Conflict" for some reason due to the observatory scene looking very similar to "The Holy Trinity" scene in the 1981 sequel.
I thought Liev Schrieber did a very good job as Robert, but seemed a bit wooden in performance. Gregory Peck showed emotion in the original, especially when he hears about the death of his wife Katherine, played by Lee Remick. Now, Julia Stiles didn't hit it on the spot with me. I thought Lee was far better in the part. Julia just looked uncomfortable and seemed to be casted at the last moment! A very nice comeback for Mia Farrow, but just wasn't evil enough compared to Billie Whitelaw's terrifying performance as Mrs. Baylock. I expected Mia to turn nasty in terms of character but she usually sounded nice and calm, even when she killed Julia's character. David Thewlis was perfect for the role of Jennings as he sounded and looked similar to David Warner's interpretation of the original character. Lastly, Damien Thorn played by Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick was OK but not a patch on little Harvey Stephens from the original. He just looked bored, kinda what Dr. Evil said - He's is the Diet Coke of evil: One calorie, not evil enough!!! I liked the little subtle changes in the version which had made me smile, such as the use of "Digital" photos which showed the premonition marks and the way Robert traps the dog near the end. I, being a major fan of the original and reading the original novel, knew how the movie would end so hopefully must of the moviegoers will know what's coming who have seen the 1976 version.
Much of the movie, it's dialogue, camera shots are nearly the same so I did get a bit bored in parts. The decapitation was very well done but the new deaths such as Kate's and Mrs. Baylocks were very disappointing. I won't reveal too much but I left with mid-satisfaction. John Moore, the new director resorted to a few loud scares, which never work with me. A lot of strange flashes including Damien wearing a mask, very similar to Jim Carrey's "wooden" Mask of the same name! I don't know, like I said it had its good and bad points. The people around me groaned when they left the Cinema, first time I seen a reaction like that since Batman Begins!
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Overall, it was OK but could be so much better. Go and rent the classic on 06.06.06 instead for the real experience!!!! I wish they re-released the original on the release date in theatres, it would've been a winner!!! (But it was better than Omen IV: The Awakening!)
PS - WHY OH WHY didn't John Moore use Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score for the film? Marco Beltrami's composition was dreadful, not memorable and very dull.
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Hmm...Not Bad For A Fourth Instalment!
I think this sequel was better than I hoped. I saw the trailer and I honestly thought it was going to be very disappointing.
*****SPOILER ALERT***** I was wrong, there were lots of good jokes and gags here...some were a bit too repetitive such as head-banging into objects, people, etc.
Carmen Elekra made a disappointing comeback in the Scary Movie series with very unfunny toilet humour, it worked ten times better in Dumb & Dumber, and lack of clothing as usual. We've seen it all before...
I didn't think the main opening was good for the film at all. It was a very bad start with the cameo from Dr. Phil. I'm glad it picked up better in the film but lost it's steam due to more storyline and less gags.
I don't know why but Anna Faris is getting more attractive with every Scary Movie, she looked really nice in this one! There should have been more Leslie Nielsen by far, his scenes were classic, he is the king of Spoofs! I loved his Rumpilstiltskin joke, one of the best! Unlike most fourth instalments, such as Jaws: The Revenge, Superman IV, etc, this movie had pretty decent special effects! The War Of The Worlds scenes especially.
*****END OF SPOILER ALERT***** Overall, a very passable sequel but I hope they give the Scary Movie franchise a rest for a while. I think the series got better after the Wayans Brothers opted out after Part II.