#REVIEW: “CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT”
Review by George Kozera for Mr. Will Wong
Until it was eclipsed by Skyfall in 2012, CASINO ROYALE was the biggest grossing James Bond movie in the series. Not only was it Daniel Craig’s debut in the title role, it was also a compelling, well-acted story that did not rely on gadgets and eye-rolling jokey double entendres. The action sequences continue to thrill and amaze, yet in this Movie they just felt more plausible and believable. To experience CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT was truly magnificent as all the senses were heightened by what was on the screen and the full Orchestra on stage enhancing every breathtaking moment.
David Arnold composed the score for five Bond movies, with CASINO ROYALE being the best of the bunch. It was interpreted beautifully by Conductor Evan Mitchell for this extravagant presentation. Notes and instruments that may have been missed when watching the Movie are enriched and the live Orchestra never overpowered what is happening on the screen. Every now and again, I would avert my eyes from the movie and bathe in the professionalism of every musician playing on the stage. Evan Mitchell brought out the best in everyone.
What made CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT memorable is that the Movie and Orchestra were in perfect synch and harmony and never overbearing. The quieter, more lyrical moments were glistened and the action moments were adrenaline fuelled. This concert was alluring much like the Film’s leading man.
The highlight of the evening is when the Movie is about to end and Craig says those magic words: “The name’s Bond. James Bond” and the Orchestra sweeps into the original iconic Theme, composed by John Barry. It had the audience on their feet, cheering and hollering. It was a Bond lovefest and I was one of the loudest ones screaming in appreciation and thanks.
Read our Chat with Evan Mitchell here.
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