Haven’t been blogging much because it appears that I’m working on a novel! Or at least, something definitely longer than a short story.
In between jotting down character names and story ideas, I have seen:
Initially planned to just skip this due to several friends commenting that, in effect, it is a waste of time. Now that I’ve seen it, I don’t get the hate. Maybe it’s just a matter of improper pre-movie orientation? Wrong expectations? I heard someone announce loudly that he hated Prometheus because he thought “it’s about the myth”.
Look: if you’ve been living under a rock and believe that the film Prometheus is about that dude who gave away fire to mortals and got chained to a rock as punishment, and wouldn’t be open to watching a science-fiction horror film that could get bloody at times, then watch something else.
Prometheus is a prequel to Alien. If you’ve seen Alien, then you’ll know exactly what this film’s got in store for you. Expect an Act One of chat and build-up and an Act Two of gore. It’s not flawless, and it’s not necessarily groundbreaking – it’s premise of Panspermia (theory that life on Earth might have originated from somewhere else in the big Universe) has been dissected to death. Try watching one episode of Ancient Aliens. But don’t overthink it. It’s going to be a fun two hours.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I haven’t read any of Stieg Larsson’s books, so I was confused while watching this. Not because it’s hard to follow, but because it feels like three films crammed into one. One film could be about Lisbeth Salander, freelance surveillance agent and the titular girl with the dragon tattoo. The second could be about Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist charged with libel by the billionaire he’s investigating. The third could be about Harriet Vanger and the Vanger family. Harriet disappeared 40 years ago, and Henrik Vanger believes she was murdered.
How it all connects: Henrik Vanger hires Mikael Blomkvist and promises him damning evidence against the billionaire so Mikael could win his case and clear his name. Later on, Mikael asks for a research assistant as he investigates Harriet’s death, and they hire Lisbeth Salander.
Because of all the arcs, I knew next to nothing about Lisbeth. A straightforward plot would have Lisbeth front and center, solving a cold case, with Mikael as supporting character.
I’d still recommend this film (it’s a long film though, more than two hours) because I liked the performances, but bear in mind that they’d focus more on The Man Who Runs Millennium Magazine than on The Girl with the Damn Tattoo.
In other news
J and I have been together 32 months on the 17th. :)