100 movies of 2012: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

100 movies of 2012, Annual Movie Challenge

I’ve gone from one of the worst films I’ve ever watched, to one of the best. Life is indeed a rollercoaster.

The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (03/01/12)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

I really, really, REALLY wanted to read the book and see the original film before the remake was released. Sadly, this didn’t happen. Thank you Game of Thrones books and sheer lack of any real effort to see the original film. Woops.

Though a part of me is a little bit relieved to have gone into this film without any comparison. I can’t draw from the source material or original film. I’m taking it as it is. And as such, I was very, very impressed with this film.

Let’s start with those opening titles and the fantastic music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. That’s how you start a film and get someone’s attention. More films need to do proper opening titles. I miss them.

I wish Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross do more movie scoring duties. Of course, their type of score will only work with certain kinds of films. Worked excellently here, in Dragon Tattoo. Looking forward to finally sitting down and listening the 3 hour soundtrack for the film. [/geekout]

The film itself wasn’t perfect. The central murder mystery part of it was fairly predictable, but it’s the way the story’s told that makes the film. Also, Rooney Mara’s amazing performance as Lisbeth Salander. A character who is definitely completely mental, yet you care for her and I really wouldn’t mind it if I could call her a friend. More than one occasion I was rooting for Lisbeth. In my head of course.

The film looked great, sounded great and never dragged for a single second. I’m hoping we get to see more of Lisbeth. In the mean time, I think I’m going to jump into the Swedish versions.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: The Social Network

100 movies of 2010

Thanks to Mild Concern I got to see the next movie at a preview screening for free! I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema for free.

The Social NetworkThe Social Network (10/10/10)
I remember when the movie production first began. A movie based on Facebook? It was unthinkable! What on Earth?! Thankfully it’s not just 2 hours of Facebook profile pages, wall posts and group discussions. It’s about the origin of Facebook and the people who were involved from the beginning. It’s a brilliant film filled with the most witty dialogue you’ll hear in a very long time.

Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic as Mark Zuckerberg – really makes him a very awkward and not at all likeable character. I think out of everyone I was rooting for Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin. He was just getting the bum deal all the time. He was far too good a friend! I’m now looking forward to Spider-Man a bit more due to Andrew Garfield’s performance in this film. He was brilliant!

Loved the music and the score music done by Trent Reznor. Yes, him of Nine Inch Nails fame! I’m a little surprised by that fact, but I will definitely be buying the score.

What I was amazed about was the ambition and drive of these people. Really very young, talented and incredibly smart people who just went out there to do what they wanted to do. I wish I had that kind of drive! Well, without the whole having no real friends part.
Rating: 5/5