The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo And Other Movies
Jun 28 2010

I saw the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this past weekend with a friend and it was way more intense than I thought it would be.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a dramatic, serial killer type movie. It got me so angry at the evil, sadistic criminals and what they did to those poor innocent girls.  The movie was really well done and the plot was strong.  It had such an interesting mix of characters in different phases of their lives (e.g., an 80 year old, a middle aged divorced guy, a 24 year old girl) with vastly different experiences.  They intertwined with each other nicely.  Although we are taught that it’s wrong to take justice into our own hands, you can’t help but be proud of the 24 year old girl/woman (Lisbeth) who didn’t sit back and let herself be the victim unlike the woman they were looking for who they thought was murdered but actually ran away 40 years ago from the people hurting her.  Lisbeth didn’t run away from the people who hurt her, she paid them back in spades with a dose of their own medicine and made sure they wouldn’t hurt anyone else.  It got her in trouble when she was little, but it made her hard and street smart as she got older.  This movie is apparently the first in a set of three based on books written by Swedish author and journalist, Stieg Larsson, and the series was published after his death in 2004.  I look forward to seeing the next one.

I’m reading a book right now that I plan on writing about soon.  It’s a bit of a touchy/feel-y book but very powerful if you can absorb the concepts.  Maybe I’ll add in brief movie reviews to my future blog posts.  I’ve been renting movies and seen some in the theater over the last several months.  I finally saw Avatar, but on DVD.  I could tell I missed a lot of the stunning visual experience not watching it on the big screen.  The plot was predictable in a Romeo & Juliet (i.e., different families, tribes, cultures, species, whatever) sort of way except for both Human & Blue Alien lovers live, don’t accidentally die, and the humans were defeated.  I rented Valentine’s Day, kind of cute because of Ashton Kutcher but otherwise not a very strong plot and The Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney (handsome!) which was good but apparently not as funny or good as the book.  It was interesting to see Clooney play a character that is psychic.

I took the kids to see Toy Story 3 a couple of weekends ago and of that’s a great one.  I started crying way more than I probably should have when the Lots ‘O Huggin’ Bear didn’t pay back the favor of Woody (the main toy character) saving his life and let all the toys go towards their death when he could have saved them.  My daughter kept saying (because she was sitting on my lap) “Are you crying mommy?”  I just said “yes, because I was sad that Lotso the bear was so mean.”  I couldn’t tell her that mommy is still working through a lot of unresolved issues and the reason for the overly abundant tears was far more complicated? 🙂  I cried when I saw the Disney movie Up.  My son even said he felt sad when he watched it.  I didn’t used to cry that much but those damn Disney movie writers/animators sure know how to push those buttons in me.  I think I need to rent more of them…

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  2. 2 jeteye said at 8:58 AM on June 29th, 2010:

    Thanks for sharing. Avatar was more like Pocahontas, and yes, you NEEDED to see it in 3D IMAX. I am off to see Toy Story 3 this week, and am looking forward to it! Hum, I like Cloney just because he is Cloney.

  3. 3 Aruni said at 7:52 PM on July 3rd, 2010:

    Hi jeteye – I wish I had seen Avatar in 3D. Toy Story was great and Clooney is great because he doesn’t care what other people think. 🙂 Great seeing you this past week on 2 separate occassions!