I didn’t get a chance to write full reviews for any of these three recent releases, unfortunately, but here are some quick thoughts on them.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
I don’t know if I prefer David Fincher’s adaptation or the original Swedish version, but both are very good films that are aided by incredible performances. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were perfectly cast here, and I was particularly impressed with Mara. I didn’t think anyone could top Noomi Rapace’s intense performance from the Swedish trilogy, but Rooney certainly held her own and might have made Lisbeth Salander even more badass. Gotta love Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ soundtrack, too, as it gives the movie an ever darker and more sinister tone (not that it needed it, given the source material). The film is a little long (nearly three hours), but it is an entertaining, and often disturbing, ride throughout. 8/10
Wearing its NC-17 rating proudly, Shame goes to great lengths to show the disturbing nature of sex addiction. Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan are a perfect sibling pairing, and each character has major issues. Fassbender plays a thirty-something professional who must have multiple orgasms every day, and Mulligan is his distraught sister who crashes in on him unexpectedly. Steven McQueen’s direction is superb, with some epic long tracking shots. Shame is a bleak film, and its subject matter is hard to watch, but it is exceptionally well made. 9/10
I don’t watch many 3D movies, but I made an effort to see what Martin Scorcese had up his sleeve with Hugo 3D. I didn’t know much going into it, other than it was getting rave reviews, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the history of film was a major focus of the movie. It was a tad ironic to see silent film clips shown during a 3D flick, but it worked. In a way, this reminded me of Rango in that it was a film for film lovers. Those who dig the classics will gain the most enjoyment from this, but Hugo 3D is a movie that anyone can enjoy regardless. 9/10