Movie Reviews: Missions, Shadows & Dragon Tattoos1/03/2012
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
The main reason for seeing this movie can be blamed on my girl crush. Yes, I have a girl crush on Paula Patton. I met her husband Robin Thicke a couple of years ago (he's such a hottie btw), and some day I must meet her too. On to the movie.
Everyone and everything was awesome. Crazy Tom Cruise was reminiscent of his first portrayal of Ethan Hunt many moons ago. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and that "who wants to be a millionaire" guy were all wonderful at both the action scenes and the acting scenes. I was pleasantly surprised if you couldn't tell by all my kvelling. The girl from Midnight in Paris is in it as well. And let's not even start on Cruise running down the side of the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
This is one of those movies on my list that I was going to see mainly because I enjoy the bromance between the main characters played by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I was also fascinated by it because Noomi Rapace portrayed the female lead. More on Noomi in my other review in this post.
A Game of Shadows was pretty funny with a lot of great disguises that made you laugh even more. But it didn't wow me in any way. The plot was interesting, but not really that intriguing. The acting was wonderful, of course, but sometimes I felt like so much was going on in the movie that it was hard to keep up. There are a few super clever moments, especially at the end, that will make you rate this movie higher than it probably deserves.
Overall: ♥♥♥The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
I must preface this review by saying that I have read the entire Lisbeth Salander series, and I even saw all the original Swedish movies. With that said, I still really enjoyed this American version. I don't know if anyone can play Lisbeth the way Noomi Rapace played the role, but Rooney Mara did very well. It's amazing how different she looked as Lisbeth compared to her natural self and her role in The Social Network.
Daniel Craig was pretty good and the American remake actually gave me more hope for the vision of this new series. If you've read the books or have even seen the original movies (or both) then you won't be disappointed by this remake. It sticks closely to the books (including the scene that probably gave it an R rating), which is always great.
Have you seen or plan to see any of these? Let me know your thoughts!