Though ambitiously busy, the film is also self-sabotaging and stagnant, showcasing its main character’s struggles without interpreting them into a cohesive thesis.
The film hauntingly conflates a woman's spiritual awakening with the birth of cinema.
Finally, a Bond adventure one can enjoy without apology.
Casino Royale is one of the good ones and not just for the way it wittily recontextualizes several series touchstones.
The film is the equivalent of watching a man walk into quicksand knowing perfectly well that he will sink to his death.