#DragonTattoo: Come for the depravity, stay for the soundtrack
On New Year’s Eve, my wife and I finally got the opportunity to see “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (MGM Studios 2011). She’ll watch anything with Daniel Craig in it – even dragged me to that ridiculous “Cowboys and Aliens” thing. Dragon Tattoo is difficult to watch in parts, but was one of the best cinema experiences we’ve had in a long time.
If you’re up for it, make sure your theater of choice has good projection and sound systems. We got a great viewing at the Rave Cinema in West Chester, OH ( http://ravemotionpictures.com ). The movie is very dark (literally, as well as figuratively) and requires superior resolution. The audio needs to be crystaline….and LOUD. At Rave #6, it was all of the above.
My wife had read the book and handed it to me afterwards. I got as far as the pressed flower birthday presents and Mikael Blomkvist’s legal difficulties before getting sidetracked. Just as well – I prefer to let the story unfold on the silver screen (i.e. surprise me!).
The world doesn’t need another movie reviewer, so I’ll spare you. But I just have to say:
the Title Sequence alone is worth the price of admission.
Not since “The Sopranos” has there been an intro so gritty, gripping and exhilarating that sets the stage so well for what is to come.
Led Zeppelin III was released during my formative years as a guitarist. In general, I am against messing with the Classics. But, when the low drone evolved into a darker, techno-industrial rendition of “Immigrant Song” (crafted by Karen O with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), I immediately became a fan. They had me at; “come from the land of the ice and snow”.
A compressed version of said intro (sans titles) can be viewed here:
Do yourself a favor and see Dragon Tattoo in a proper theater. Blu-Ray and Surround Sound are all well and good, but this movie demands a big presentation.
Can’t wait for the next installments!
Lisbeth Salander, as portrayed by Rooney Mara, is my hero (if only she’d quit smoking…). And, if there’s an Academy Award for on-screen piercings, she’s a shoe-in.