If it were my first time…I would’ve liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo more

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has an interesting premise.  Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original characters created in a long time.  And David Fincher is an excellent director.  And maybe if this was the first time I was watching this story I would be more impressed–but it’s not my first time–and I was left wanting.  

Do not misunderstand–it is a solid piece of film.  Well cast–strongly acted (Rooney Mara is definitely a stand out)–with a fantastic soundtrack.  I hear that this version is truer to the books written by Stieg Larsson (although the 2009 Swedish film has parts this one does not) and so I should be satisfied.  So then, I find the only problem seems to be in my head.

Unfortunately for me, the 2009 version left an impression.  I was blown away–by the characters and the story.  And although I was pleased that Fincher did not soften the more raw details and that he created a much more cinematic film–I was not as moved this time around.  I will admit, that part of that could be because I already knew what was coming. 

Another problem is that I did not like some of the more “true” aspects added to narrative.  I was totally taken with Lisbeth Salander as a tough-as-nails, brilliant yet bordering sociopath.  I loved her.  It is rare to see that kind of honesty on film.  This version softened her and frankly I was disappointed–no matter if that was what she was on the written page.

I do not want to spoil anything for anyone that has not experienced this story.  If you have not seen the 2009 version you may be blown away and regard this 2011 film as fondly as I do the other and I recommend that you check it out.  Experience it for yourself–also check out the 2009 film–then you can tell me if you agree with me.  🙂




The Adventures of Tintin is pure FUN & awesomely Spielberg!

Steven Spielberg is a genius–in my opinion–and is one of the few directors that can make important, serious films and pure escapism-popcorn movies.  Tintin is one of the latter and it is 100% fun and 100% Spielberg!  Pairing with Peter Jackson (both huge fans of the Tintin comics and planning a trilogy) and delving into motion capture technology is a win-win situation for the audience. 

The main attraction here is the flawless execution of the motion capture technology and how it allows Spielberg to express his creativity.  We see his imagination materialize and it’s awesome.  There were several “wow, that’s so cool” moments.  The action will have you on the edge of your seat.  There is a 6 minute sequence with no edits or cut aways that is well…genius. 

I am a Tintin novice.  I have never read the comics and you do not need to.  I enjoyed the hell out of this movie without any reference.  It’s like a cross between Indiana Jones and the Hardy Boys.   It helps that the voice talent is brilliant.  I know all the performers and they were unrecognizable–that’s how much they were in character.  Andy Serkis–again, steals the show.  His Captain Haddock is fantastic!

I can go on and on.  But the short of it is this–The Adventures of Tintin has easily made my Top 10 list for the year! I can not wait for what Peter Jackson does with the next installment!