A look at movies, especially films based on books (Yes that includes comics); Opinions, facts, movie charts, production news and, when possible a look at the movies VS their source material. I may also champion books I've read that really should be movies. I've also used it to display the unedited versions of my blogs for SyFy; (The sci-fi channel UK website.)Feel free to let me know about any stories that you think deserve the big screen treatment.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo website upgrades with great pics and character bios...
David Fincher’s adaptation of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and hopefully the entire trilogy) is one of the true films to look forward to at the end of 2011. The source material is, of course, top notch; dramatic, suspenseful, horrific, sexy and full of interesting characters, not least of All Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
David Fincher is one of the most interesting directors of the past 20 years, which is a minor miracle considering the nightmare that was his first feature film experience, Alien 3. The director of The Social Network, Fight Club and Seven seem like the perfect choice to direct films of these books and it can be hoped that the “mistakes” o the Swedish versions, where too much important background was left out, leading to diminishing returns as the film series went on; ironically those diminishing returns manifested in the box office as well as the quality of the film.)
As well as interesting character descriptions we get to see the cast, and it is a fantastic cast, in character and it is again impressive. Nobody could possibly have a bad word to say about Noomi Rapace’s performances in the Swedish Trilogy however, much like Hugh Jackman played Wolverine perfectly despite being physically incompatible for the part (He’s over 1.8m (6 Feet) tall and Wolverine is 1.53m (5 foot 3 inches) tall) her physical appearance took away some of the value from the character. She never looks young and when she is in physical confrontations it doesn’t register as a shock when she is able to hold her own or, at least inflict some damage. As good as Jackman’s performances are (and I can’t really picture anyone else playing Wolverine now) it is less of an impact when he is fighting characters of a similar size, even the female ones; is would just naturally e all the more impressive and tense seeing a character thrashing adversaries nearly twice his size. Rooney Mara has the look of the character in the book, she looks young and there is a fragility behind the tough exterior she is trying to show.