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Movie extravaganza

January 5, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
I haven’t been going to the movies as much as used to. Time, money and desire all have something to do with it. Have there been movies I’ve wanted to see? Sure. But I guess when the other two factors come in, I have to REALLY want to see it.

However, this past week it seems like I wanted to make up for my lacking attendance. I went to three movies in two days. It was awesome! The first day I went to “Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows.” I thought it was better than the first one. Robert Downy Jr. and Jude Law play Holms and Watson so well. I enjoyed to plot line and was very much entertained. Was it the greatest movie ever? No, but I would watch it again ... on DVD.

That same day, I went to “We Bought a Zoo.” It was great (better than Sherlock Holms in my opinion). It truly was a “feel-good movie.” I like watching Matt Damon work. I think he is a great actor. The movie was touching and heartfelt all the way through. I am a big fan of zoos so to go to a movie about one was a must see for me. My favorite animal is the tiger. I have loved them ever since first grade when I saw Raja, Jasmine’s pet tiger in “Disney’s Aladdin.” So to me, the best parts of the movie was the tiger plot. Not to give anything away, but I cried a lot with this movie.

OK, day one is complete. The following day, I went to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” with my brother. He read the book over the summer and suggested I read it too. I finally got around to it over my Christmas vacation. I loved the book. It was exciting and intense, and it made me really want to see the movie. I was not disappointed. The movie was just as intense as the book.

Daniel Craig is another favorite actor of mine and I thought he played, Blomkvist to a tee. Rooney Mara absolutely nailed the lead character, Lisbeth Salander. She was exactly as I pictured her. I can see how this movie is not for everyone (it truly earned its ‘R’ rating), but I would recommend it to those who like a strong and mysterious plot.

The movie is a little different than the book, but I didn’t feel that the changes were too big to be upset about. I just started the second book of the series “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and I hope that it gets translated on to the big screen as well.

I took the next few days off from the theater, but who knows what tomorrow brings. There is still “War Horse” and "MI: Ghost Protocol" to take in. I wonder if I can manage get to them on Friday, hmmm.


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Favorite of the three I went to is "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."