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Curious, most curious..............
Nov 23 2008, 9:36 AM ESTInteresting. Casino Royale still tops Quantum in international gross. That's interesting to me - I would have thought most fans and non-fans alike would enjoy the action than the hold em' game.
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1. RE: Curious, most curious..............
Nov 23 2008, 11:02 AM ESTCedric,
When I first saw Casino Royale, I didn't think terribly highly of it. I've since come to see it as an example of that rare event, in which what one thinks of a movie after multiple viewings is different from what one first thought with the big screen in front of him and a bag of popcorn under his chin.
That happens in *both* directions, by the way -- some movies, when we first see them we love them. Then we grow up. Others we could take-or-leave, at first, but then as the years tick by, the more we see it the more we want to see it again.
Both lists are exclusive clubs.
Movies that lose their luster:
1. Return of the Jedi
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. Tomorrow Never Dies
Movies that become more precious over time:
1. Godfather I & II
2. The Incredibles
3. Casino Royale
Quantum is not in either list, by the way. It was alright, but only that and nothing more. I'm disappointed. But the point is, a year from now I'll feel the same way. I can guarantee it.
What defines the items on that second list...
One word: Beauty. There are hidden treasures inside that one can't fully appreciate on the first viewing. In the four selections I made above, this has to do with multiple stories that are all wrapped together into one beautiful ball...each one compelling, each one interesting, each one unpredictable.
Also, character development is a part of this. This is where Quantum really falls down. In CR, the characters to be developed were James Bond, and to a lesser extent, Le Chiffre and M. (They tried with Vesper Leiter and Mathis, but failed, I think.) In QoS, it was Dominic and Camille. Well, Dominic was a weak effort, and Camille's character is an emotionally scarred waif. And the surprise is -- in spite of how many times 007 has done this, it just isn't an interesting character. Do you find this valuable?