Perhaps this stands out more because I'm watching it after the stinker that was Die Another Day, but if you're going to refresh a franchise this is the way to do it. Daniel Craig remains one of the best casting decisions in recent history, and while there are still a few gadgets featured the action certainly doesn't lean on them as heavily as previous films. I also have to say that Mads Mikkelsen makes a great villain. Would watch again.
A beautifully crafted film, with consideration in every shot and a kick-ass soundtrack. Winding Refn certainly earned his Best Director award at Cannes this year, helped greatly by the outstanding performances of Gosling and Mulligan. I'll definitely need to see this again, and while I'm not much a fan of ultra-violence I couldn't imagine it working any other way in this film.