It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Word on the street is that director David Fincher has made a near shot-for-shot remake of the original Swedish film by Niels Arden Oplev. This news is at once surprising, expected, and disappointing.
For the record, since apparently you must disclose these things when it comes to this saga: I loved the books (the first being the best, natch) and was nonplussed by the adaptations. The first was fairly solid yet still significantly bothered me (mostly from an adaptation standpoint), and the latter films quickly became increasingly worse, with the third probably reflecting more issues with its matching book than anything else (see: freaking gigantic blond guy that feels no pain).
The reaction to this American remake is surprising and disappointing largely because of who’s behind the camera. David Fincher is a visionary director, and if the intention all along had been to merely ape the earlier version, why get someone of his talent (not to mention paycheck size)?
On the other hand, it’s expected to a certain extent because…what else could be done with this story? It’s layered and dense, and the removal of alteration of any of the threads would likely pull the house of cards apart, especially when the plots of the second and third chapters of the saga are so intertwined. Fincher could only bring his Fincherian charm to the telling of the story, and I’m not getting the impression that he did that, or at least not well enough. Still, if I saw fit to watch Let Me In in theaters less than four years after seeing its predecessor, I’m all but guaranteed to do the same thing in this case (and besides, just look at that cast!).
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 90%
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
First off – in case you didn’t see it at the time, Man, I Love Films’ writer Simon Columb posted a review of Tintin way back in October when it opened up in the UK. Check it out here.
I don’t want to compare Tintin to soccer (futbol!) because I don’t feel the analogy is entirely apt, but it’s not all that far off. Sure, there’s a chance that the character (and film) will catch on with American audiences – and from the sounds of its quality and given its pedigree, I hope it does – but don’t you feel as though this is the “pure sport” being pushed on the dumb Americans? It’s this enterprise that’s been in existence forever, widely beloved by millions of Europeans, yet it’s largely ignored if not altogether an unknown quantity in the States. Surely, having massive names like Spielberg and Peter Jackson aboard will help to squash that status, but until then, I’m unconvinced, at least from a “will this catch fire in the US?” standpoint.
As for the quality of the film itself, it has earned high marks from both IMDb users and Rotten Tomatoes critics, being compared (gasp!) to ground as hallowed as Raiders of the Lost Ark. You’ve got my attention.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 72%
Sorry, I’ve been waiting to use that one. Would have made a ridiculous mock poster, too, had I Photoshop skills and/or a poster for the film where the text would have fit nicely on to. Alas…
Not for nothing, but doesn’t Matt Damon’s hair look ridiculous in this thing? I’m not really one to comment on such things, but something about Damon looking so schlumpy is bothering me. Even his look in The Informant! was much better, as at least he had the excuse there of that being a more comedic film.
Regardless of how nice/terrible its star’s coiffure is, I have very, very little interest in Cameron Crowe’s latest film. Were the tone different, it would have Adam Sandler or Kevin James starring, right? I suppose that’s the draw of Crowe, and that he doesn’t make terrible films (Elizabethtown notwithstanding, I assume, as I’ve not seen it), but I just get the feeling that this is a filmmaker that’s no longer relevant, sad as it is to say; that Crowe’s formula worked for a good while but has grown stale, and no amount of adorable four-legged friends will help. I hope I’m wrong.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 31%