Lite’s Review Room: Movie Weekend

The calm before the storm can sometimes be one of the times when you can’t figure out what to do.  Don’t worry there are plenty of movies out this holiday weekend to fill a few hours when you just can’t shop anymore.

Our Queen of the Silver Screen Julie Fisk saw our first movie of the weekend:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, as she helps journalist Mikael Blomkvist track down a serial killer.

This will be the 3rd time that many of us have heard this story, having read the book by Stieg Larsson and seen the Swedish film adaptation. However, Director David Fincher tells us from the very bizarre opening credits that he plans to make this story his own, and he does in some cases.

Fincher, who was nominated for an Oscar after directing “The Social Network” last year, lets the story be much darker and more of the horror story. After all, the murders they investigate are truly grisly. Fans of the book and first movie will notice some changes, specifically in the softening of main character, Lisbeth Salander.

[photogallerylink id=66263 align=right]It’s not overt, but she’s a bit more emotional in this film, which I actually like. It makes Lisbeth more accessible and her relationship with Daniel Craig more believable. Rooney Mara has this delicate beauty too, that can’t be hidden by all those piercings and that awful hair. It makes Lisbeth’s ferocity even more shocking. I also love Daniel Craig’s Blomkvist. He brings the right mix of vulnerability and charm, and none of that 007 swagger.

Parts of this movie feel like they’re directly lifted from the Swedish film version of “Dragon Tattoo,” which isn’t a bad thing. That movie did a wonderful job of capturing the mood, as does Fincher’s version.

I do wish he had added a few more surprises, but I’m still giving “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” an A- because it’s dark & wonderful, and well worth the time commitment. Oh yes, we’re talking 2 hours and 45 minutes here so go easy on the sodas.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt for the fourth Mission Impossible movie.  This time the team has to go rouge as they have been wiped from the record of ever existing.  Hunt and his team move to finish the mission they were taken from when it went horribly wrong.   The action and the suspense are as high as ever in the MI series.  If you’re looking for raw adrenaline this holiday weekend put Ghost Protocol on your list.

We Bought A Zoo

[photogallerylink id=66235 align=left]Matt Damon plays a single dad who tries to get his life back together by starting over.  Only no one thought starting over would mean buying a zoo.  Based on true story Damon buys a wildlife preserve in Southern California and has to figure out a way to save it, it’s staff and all the animals.

It’s a heart warming family film that the kids and you should both equally enjoy.

The Adventures of TinTin
[photogallerylink id=65899 align=left]The loveable pre-war animated TinTin is back.  This writer/investigator who was a huge hit before World War II is making his full length movie.  The animation on this movie is amazing and the story harkens back to an entire different era.


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