In my opinion Sunday is always a good day for opting to have a movie fest. Being that I had not even glanced my television’s way in about three weeks, I decided I would hit up my buddy Red yesterday. Red Box is outstanding. I must say more specifically that the Red Box app is the icing on the cake for this service. It didn’t take me long to choose two movies: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I Don’t Know How She Does It. Is it obvious that I am a little behind on my cinema going?
Sure, I couldn’t have picked two more opposite movie genres, but I will only be reviewing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Note: I did NOT read the books yet.). Why? I want you to actually keep reading, and I don’t want to bore you with a scanty few paragraphs about how cheesy and vomit worthy I Don’t Know How She Does It is and why. Alright, alright, there were a few humorous quips here and there. I’m only being nice because I still have a crush on Sarah Jessica Parker.
Edit: Spoiler Alert… if you haven’t seen it yet, go get your Red Box on and come back. Good looking out Agreycat.
So, with my freshly nuked Spaghetti-O’s, and favorite furry house boots secured to my always freezing feet, I sank in to the couch and got reacquainted with my TV. I watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first. Simply from the music creeping out of the speakers from the menu screen, I had a feeling this movie may disturb me. The first half of the movie I spent trying to figure out how Mikael and Lizbeth’s characters were going to become intertwined with each other. I was intrigued by Lisbeth’s situation, but at the same time I was a bit perturbed at her character for putting herself in the position that allowed for her attack by Nils. However, I was placated fairly quickly when she gets her revenge. Smart girl. The tattoo was a particularly nice touch.
Once Mikael scoops Lisbeth up as his assistant, I immediately assumed a father-daughter-esque type of realationship forming between them. Boy was I wrong, and to be honest a little shocked when she so non nonchalantly and mechanically becomes intimate with him. She really doesn’t leave him much choice. Once I was past the surprise sexy-time, they’re relationship began to grow on me.
As I said before, I had a feeling that this movie would distress me a bit, which isn’t a simple task, and it surely did not dissappoint. The moment that stuck with me from this movie came from the climactic scene in which Henrik has captured Mikael. Throughout his entire speech to Mikael as he is bound was eerily perfect. His description of how pathetic and naive his victims are, how he knows their minds are scrambling for any solution to keep themselves alive, and how he gains pleasure from witnessing the exact moment that they lose all hope… was sadistic enough to make me actually feel that hopelessness. This is when I know a movie is good. When my overall mood and emotional state changes completely from prior to watching.
The close of the movie was a bit disappointing. It was just so… abrupt. I was ready to see more. Secondly, it left me viewing Lisbeth not as her badass, mysterious, sexy, get what I want kind of chick but more akin to a young school girl with a crush on her professor. I suppose this was intended, to show the viewer a different side of Lisbeth, but I am not sure I liked that side. All I could think of was the character Watts in Some Kind Of Wonderful.
For the first movie I have watched in probably months, I was extremely satisfied. Although the plots within the plot are a tad confusing to follow, and the accents don’t necessarily help, I would easily give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
As the title of this post may suggest, this will not become a repeating Monday post thing… or maybe it will. I don’t really know. My movie/television watching is pretty sparingly. However, I definitely would like to develop some reoccurring themed posts eventually. What do you think?
- THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Blu-ray Review (collider.com)
- ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Movie Review (leahdawnwilliams.com)
- ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Movie Review (leahdawnwilliams.wordpress.com)
- Lisbeth and Mikael Head to Berlin and More! (news.instyle.com)