Since TV has been showing pretty much nothing but repeats and basketball, I got a chance to watch two movies this week -- Blood Diamond and Casino Royale.
My capsule reviews:
Blood Diamond: Yet another movie about the tragedies being perpetuated in Africa -- different country, same story. But more importantly, it's Leonardo DeCaprio as yet another flawed-yet-honorable romantic leading man type -- which I could do without.
I think that's because every time I look at him, I think about Growing Pains, and how he played second banana to this guy.
Still, it's a very very good movie, and it held my attention for the entire two hours. And, surprisingly, I thought Leo did a good job, and was deserving of his Oscar nomination.
Casino Royale: Let me start out by saying I thought this was a fantastic action movie, and Daniel Craig was absolutely brilliant. He was charismatic and convincing. And, boy oh boy, does he have a killer body.
But . . . other than the chase in the first few minutes, it just did not have that "Bond" vibe. It was too earnest. There was very little witty double-entendre-filled banter. There were no gadgets. And it was, in part, gasp! a love story.
So, I think Daniel Craig makes a fine 007. I'm just hoping that next time, it will be in an actual Bond movie.