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A Tale of Tattoos and More…

((Notice first::  click on the links for more info from other websites… IMDB.com and Amazon.com.))

 

A year or so ago, I really decided to get back into reading.  I have a lot of down time at work, so reading a book is easy enough to put down when I need to.  I started out with the Harry Potter and the Twilight series (more on those later).  Those two I got finished, so now I’m on the the Hunger Games and the Millennium series.  Both of these series have movie versions of the first books that have either come out or are about to come out.  I’ve read the first of both and am working on the second of the Hunger Games (Catching Fire).  But I actually have now seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in the theater now!

WARNING::  I’ll give you this warning BEFORE moving on to potential spoiler items.  THIS MOVIE IS GRAPHIC AND VIOLENT.  It’s rated R for a reason.  Now, if you want an idea of why and don’t mind of a bit of spoiler, continue reading.

 

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In other words, don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book and don’t want me to spoil it by telling you something.

 

If you’ve read the book, you know what to expect (whether you realize it or not).  This movie does have both of Salander’s rapes by Advokat Bjurman and her revenge on him.  It’s a bit scarier to see these scenes playing out, but it wouldn’t be so bothersome to movie-goers if more of Salander’s past were revealed.  You still understand her anger at Bjurman without the back story on her.  There is also some nudity with the sex scenes between Salander and Blomkvist (pronounced “bloom-k-vist”).  The movie had been so graphic already, it didn’t seem as “gratuitous” as it could have otherwise.  I was very pleased to see a “familiar face” besides Daniel Craig, Goran Visnjic plays Salander’s boss, Armansky, who is one of the very few who actually seems to understand and find a way to work with and get along with the young girl.

The good news and bad news is that the ending is not the same as the book.  It’s much more simplified, so if changes from the book bother you, be aware!  Now, before you have too much of a fit, I really can approve of the change because of the way it makes the ending so much easier to follow and understand.  Finding Harriett is much simpler, as well as different.  First, Anita is not who is in London, it’s Harriet and Anita and her husband are dead already.  There’s no mention of Australia or any of that complexity.  (This also means they don’t go into the details about who’ll be running Vanger Industries and on Millennium’s board since Martin’s dead.)  Also, Salander only develops one single identity to pull off the bank moves rather than the two from the book that she uses.  (She does pay Blomkvist back after borrowing money from him though.)  I think if you’ve read the books and see the movie, you’ll agree that this ending makes it much easier for someone who hasn’t read the book to follow along.

“A great light has gone out…”

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In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

Yeah, Hal Jordan didn’t know the oath either.  Who’s Hal Jordan?  If I told you, I’d have to kill you.  OK, not really.  Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a hot-shot pilot (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun) who is bequeathed an emerald ring bearing powers like nothing he’s ever seen.

Reynolds does a good job portraying Jordan in this live-action adaptation of the DC comic.  He gives Jordan just the right combination of confidence and cockiness mixed with compassion and human frailty. Many of the characters stick out and are notable, but none because of ineptness or horribly weak links. Nobody that was necessarily spectacular to me, but no one ruined it.  Mark Strong deserves major props though as Sinestro.  The red skin might be makeup, but I bet it’s a pain in the hind end to get off!  All of the special effects are very well done and blend in well.

I’m certainly not qualified to speak to the accuracy of the movie in comparison to the comic book, but the storyline was easy to follow and neither too fast or too slow for my taste. It is a comic book superhero movie, so you’ll need your willing-suspension-of-disbelief with you. The movie is rated PG-13 (parental guidance suggested for children under 13) and I’ll go with that. Bits of it might be a much for the younger crowd or something you might not want to have to explain to your child.

Mom and I went to a Saturday matinee, so we didn’t contribute quite as much to the $104 million the film has grossed so far (for the week of July 1).  The Rave’s matinee crowd for the 2:35 p.m. showing wasn’t bad at all, and we ran into a friend from church who’d seen it with us.  My ticket was $7.50, and Mom bought a coke and popcorn combo for $17. So it was a chunk of change we spent, but we got our movie and popcorn fix!

Now for some more links.  If you want to check out Green Lantern for yourself, check out Fandango, the Rave, Regal Movie Theatres, or AMC Movie Theatres for information on show times and locations.  (Personal note: it’s playing in 3D, but I don’t know that it’s worth it.)  For cast bios and discussion boards, I check out IMDB.com (Internet Movie Data Base).  Click here for the official movie website from Warner Brothers with lots of fun stuff (create a Green Lantern, claim a sector, play Green Lantern Combat).  Probably the coolest thing is where you can take the oath and post it!  For more background and information on Warner Brothers and DC Comics, check out their websites.