REVIEWED
7/20/10

STORY



LOOK




The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (aka Män som hatar kvinnor)
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Year: 2009
TRT: 2:32


Great flick. Some brutal subject matter, both in past (from minimal re-telling and honest-to-gosh detective work) and present. Allegedly based on the first of a trilogy of books by some Swedish guy, this plays as a pretty dark crime drama/thriller that yes, is based on writings published in some archaic format known as 'book'. It makes you wonder how much more source material there is to draw on after seeing this interpretation to film. And if that ain't bad enough, it's being 'Americanized' in a remake that, once again, probably has no quantitative right to be made due to the utter lack of originality to be displayed. It is being done by Fincher (supposedly), but after tackling something like 'SE7EN' can't you really say, "been there, done that"? Don't get me wrong, if there is to be a somewhat recognized english director taking this kind of source material on, Fincher's pretty damn qualified. But really? Give audiences credit where credit is due. Shot-by-shot remakes just so the dialogue is in the native tongue (ie no subtitles) is pretty much a waste of celluloid if it's done correctly the first time. Even if it's the SAME director doing it. 'FUNNY GAMES' had no right to be remade in english, by the same director, to sully the original performances (particularly by Ulrich Mühe). But then again, I haven't read the book so don't know if there's a different take to be had. Quite frankly, I can't see anything deviating much from the decent portrayal of the story laid out here. Okay. /rant.

Journalist 'slanders' Corporation. They sue his ass, shut him down. Sympathetic hacker juror knows the truth. Eventually they join forces to fight crime despite their huge differences in economic, socioeconomic, ergonomic, and pretty much every 'onomic' category you can think of. But it's all cool because an olde guy trusts it. It gets intriguing (see 'STORY' rating above).

This is a very well-told crime drama type thing, and it does make me want to continue with the trilogy. The next in the series, 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' is actually playing in theaters as I sit here, so it may be showing up on the DMR shortly (well, after it hits disc, that is. ahem). But as far as the books are concerned? Rare to say on my account, but I think it's pretty much in the realm of the 'Harry Potter' and 'Davinci Code' stuff. As much as I'd love to spend the time reading them, the films are summary enough. Thanks! Next!

Great Scene: TThe tattooing, and the conversation proceeding it.

Media Notes: Netflix Streaming, 16x9 SD/HD. Have been noticing a trend with watching streaming Netflix more and more, and it actively adjusting to bandwidth limitations as they're available (via a PS3 in this case). Pretty crappy for the first half of viewing, and very good for the latter half. Thinking it's fairly dependent on overall bandwidth requirements to the servers. I just wonder if it's regional like the mailing facilities they offer, or all off of a gargantuan central server somewhere (which to me would seem pretty damn stupid). May have to google that shit. Subtitled for your convenience.