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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.

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