Originally Posted by DonDadda59
Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, Assassination of Jesse James) gets credit for that. He knows how to shoot a film.
And about Bardem's choices- I actually just read a feature about the making of the film and Javier said he had a discussion about the role with Mendes over dinner and he told him the key word for the character was 'uncomfortable'. So they aimed to create a more off beat villain who made you uncomfortable as opposed to scary, menacing, etc. And Bardem made the decision to go with the blonde hair.
That makes a lot of sense, because those are two of the better looking flicks in recent memory. Jesse James is one of my favorite movies ever, and on the short list of best looking movies ever.
The hair was definitely an elements in Bardem's character. And the underlying sexuality. But there were also little elements that almost can't entirely be explained that are just something a guy that talented can come up with. Like the way he tossed the grenades at the end. His speech pattern. It was all just really unique. It was almost Heath Ledger Joker type stuff. I think he'd get more credit for the performance if the movie didn't feel so derivative of Batman in general, but it is a really great performance. It's just not quite as dense as the Joker role was, through no fault of his.