We are only in the 3rd week of January and already since Christmas we have been to the cinema 3 times. These visits are becoming like buses!
So, my potted reviews and opinions. I appreciate one of these has received much criticism in more ways than one.
First up is the Hollywood version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
I have read all 3 books, if you haven’t please be patient with the first one, it takes 70-80 pages to suck you in but after that the rest is compulsive reading.
This film is closer to the book than the Swedish version and is well done. All that said I personally prefer the Swedish one, perhaps because I saw it first but I even found the subtitles added something and Daniel Craig is very slick for a journalist.
All this said we wil have to see the next 2 aswell.
Next Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows.
Brilliant, Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law compliment each other perfectly and Stephen Fry is well cast as Mycroft. Also Noomi Rapace, the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
This to me was better than the first one and I had to be persuaded to see that. .
Haven’t the BBC done a good version too, Martin Freeman takes such a good part and how Benedict Cumberbatch keeps control of his script I do not know.
Finally The Iron Lady.
Without getting drawn in to any of the controversy surrounding this I went because it was Meryl Streep. As a child of the 60’s I had generally had very little interest in polotics when Margaret Thatcher was PM so I found the history side of things very interesting and as deep as I would probably ever need. The acting by NS and Jim Broadbent, as Denis was as youd expect brilliant. The Cabinet had some surprise appearances very well made up, Anthony Head as quite a convincing Geoffrey Howe.
Next on the list
J Edgar (anything with Judi Dench).
WE – Possibly, one person is putting me off and they arent even acting.
The Woman in Black – Brilliant when we saw it on stage. Just have to give Danial Radcliffe a chance to prove himself.