Hiatus break in favor of keeping up with movies for 2012.
I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Its fun for the whole family. Take Grandma and your toddlers.*
Its okay. Nothing groundbreaking. Nice cinematography, convincing acting, appropriately bleak sets and settings, and they did a much better job of condensing the plot than the Swedish film counterpart (even if they lifted some of the story changes). Rooney Mara is pretty good. They eliminated the various sexual exploits of the hero enough that I didn't see the entire story as one long Mary Sue story for a middle-aged journalist imagining the sorts of women with whom it might be interesting to canoodle.
After reading the book and seeing a completely different movie of the same book this year, this may have been a bit much. I sort of wonder if the fact that we're all already familiar with the book and movie has hurt the box office numbers as (1) why bother to do this again? (2) those familiar with the story might not actually want to see some of that up on the big screen and (3) people already had numerous chances to take a pass on the material and are just continuing to do so.
But, mostly, I wonder if the studios need to rethink releasing grim, adult thrillers upon the public during the holiday period. I certainly wouldn't pitch this one to my folks for a night out at the movies (its not exactly Tintin). That said, its after the holidays and the theater I was in this evening was packed. So maybe it'll have some post-holiday staying power as Granny heads back to Arizona or whatever.
I wish I had access to an orchestra, because I have an idea for a Goulet-style theme song for the movie. Jamie is already sick of me trying out various lyrics on her.
*do not do this