Babel and Casino Royale

“Babel” is a film exploring how interconnected our world has become and how one life can touch so many.  The films is broken down into four storylines with two taking place in Morocco, one in Mexico, and the other in Japan.  The film explores the consequences of one man’s decision to give his rifle to a humble guide and the lives that are affected by this decision.  Of the four stories, I enjoyed Amelia’s (Mexico) story the most followed by the Moroccan children, then the Japanese girl’s search for love and Brad Pitt’s story.  If there is any movie I would recommend to watch in 2006, Babel is one of them in addition to Borat.

I saw “Casino Royale” today with my dad and it was quite different from the original Bond films.  First off, the producers decided to reboot the franchise after the abysmal “Die Another Day” with a film tracing Bond’s start as a 00-Agent, how he got his DB5, why he loves his Martini “Shaken, not stirred” and most of all why he reluctant to get attached to his women.  Since this is the first film for the new era, Q and Moneypenny are not available, the violence is increased, and Bond is grim and gritty.  The elements I liked about Casino Royale were Daniel Craig, who does a great job portraying a violent yet intelligent Bond, Judi Dench as M, the dark humour and the action sequences (especially in the beginning).  However, the problems I had with the new Bond were they only played the Bond theme at the very end of the movie, Chris Cornell’s theme song, the lack of female motifs in the opening credits, and the poker sequences were too long.  As of this entry, I still have that stupid Audioslave song in my head.

For future Craig Bond flicks, the producers should consider the following:

1.  Keep the black-and-white opening sequences

2. Have a theme song that mirrors the grandeur and style of the original Bond films

3. Have women prominently displayed in the opening credits

4. Reintroduce Q and Moneypenny

5. Continue showing Bond as an intelligent but brutal agent

6. Allow for practical yet realistic gadgets to be used

7. Keep at least one Bond girl alive

8. Have at least one clearly-defined villain

9. Play the Bond theme whenever Bond is at his best

10. Allow room for more humour

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