The Woman In Black

On Sunday, after work, Jay and I headed out to the cinema to watch The Woman In Black. It was Jay’s choice; I’m really not very good with scary films - I get recurring nightmares and everything! - so I was a bit reluctant to watch this on a Sunday evening, when I had work the next day and was inevitably going to have nightmares. But off we trotted, with popcorn, hot dog and fizzy drinks in hand, and here’s what I thought of it…

I hate giving a brief of a story plot without giving too much away, so I’ll be as vague as possible. ‘The Woman In Black’ is a book (I don’t know who it’s by…) and a show in London about ghosts and murders and dreadful goings on. Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is an investigator into why these odd occurrences are happening in a particular village. I hadn’t read the book or seen the show, but Jay had read the book so he knew everything that was going to happen. I don’t think it would’ve made such an impact on me if I had read the book, so I’m happy I went in with an ‘open mind’… Well, I say ‘happy’…

Jay loves Harry Potter. Like, really loves it and he was quite excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in a different role to the one he’s been playing for 10 years. I, however, found it weird to watch him without a lightening shaped scar on his head, rounded glasses and armed with a wand… I even kept mumbling ‘Expelliarmus!’ at really awkward times when I was nervously watching behind my hand. 

I thought Radcliffe did an awesome job, even if he did play a dad of a 4 year old and I’m sure he’s not that old. It didn’t even look like him in the beginning! I’m sure he must’ve found it slightly daunting to be out of his Harry Potter comforter and I’d probably watch a film with him in again. Well done, Danny boy! He’s still not fancyable though, is he? I even thought all the support actors were superb. High fives all around.

The film itself is very jumpy when you least expect it, so if you go and watch, please prepare yourself for that. No pacemakers. Seriously, some woman screamed at the first jumpy bit and it wasn’t even that scary. The film really builds the suspense to a point where you’re thinking to yourself oh my God, just something happen already and put me out of my misery! which I actually think is a key thing in a horror film. You have to feel that suspense, else it doesn’t really impact on how you’re feeling.

Girls, please take a boy when you go and see this film. I was sitting next to a girl (half of another couple) and we both had our hands over our eyes for half the film. Don’t take Jay, because he’ll try and scare you when the suspense is building, but take a boy!

I wouldn’t buy this film on DVD; I don’t think it would have the same impact as seeing it in the cinema. In the dark. Where no one can hear you scream… well, apart from the other 100 people in there with you… I am quite surprised I didn’t have nightmares with this film, as I have had nightmares with ‘Paranormal Activity’ and some other random scary shizzle that I have seen. Like ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’ on Nickelodeon in the 90s… I did ‘enjoy’ it (I don’t know if enjoy is the right word…) so I think you should all go out and see it and tell me what you think.

Have you seen The Woman In Black yet? Did it give you nightmares?

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows

So on Sunday, before the bank holiday and before going back to work, me and the fam went to see Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows. I’m going to be honest, this post has been sitting in my dashboard, waiting to be worked on, but I’m having some trouble conducting what I actually though about it? Weird, eh?

I am a bit of a geek, really… I freakin’ love Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock! I think I have seen the first film about a bazillion times (I don’t exaggerate…) and you know what, it’s probably one of my favourite films.

My brother had seen it already, but wanted to see it again and that usually bodes well with me as we both like mostly the same kind of films. I think because I went in with a great expectation of it being completely and utterly amazing, I found it disappointing :( The story was good and invited the viewer to think more than the first one, I guess. But I don’t know, I found myself drifting away about half way through which is such a massive shame.

Nonetheless, on reflection, I think I did enjoy the story line. And Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law’s on-screen partnership. I think they are amazing actors individually, but this is just a different league!

I think one of the reasons why this post has been so difficult is because there’s literally nothing to write home about. I think it’s what I expected from an action film and it did deliver, even if I thought some parts were disappointing.

Sorry for a shoddy post… I’m just really confused :( Have you seen it? Can you explain how I’m feeling about it all?!

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: A Review

First post of 2012! Yay! Happy new year, all – I hope you’re not nursing too much of a sore head.

Honestly, Winter is the season to spend all of your hard-earned on movies, popcorn and hot dogs at the cinema. I very rarely go to the cinema but I’ve been a few times in the past few weeks. I do enjoy going to the cinema and some films are so much better to see in the cinema than at home on your normal sized TV. Tonight, me and the fam are off to see the second Sherlock Holmes, which I am pretty excited about but the other night, me, Mum, Uncle Pat and some of our pub buddies went to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

This is the first book in the Stieg Larsson series and the second attempt to make a film about it; the first being referred to as ‘the Swedish version’ and this, ‘the American version’. To be completely and utterly honest, I couldn’t really ‘get into’ the first book. I really tried on a number of occasions, because my Mum had raved about it so much and she wasn’t wrong about the Twilights… but the first couple of hundred pages are build-up and I am one to get a bit bored if nothing is happening.

However, the film did not disappoint. You learned all you needed to know about the characters before all the juicy stuff started happening. I did kind of figure out how the story was going to go but it was still pretty entertaining. I didn’t realise the film was certified at 18 and I am a real cringer, finding some of the scenes a little too graphic and hiding behind my snood, wishing it would stop! If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what bits I mean! I can just about stomach an action film that’s been certified 15… I’m such a child, ha!

I love Daniel Craig and I think he played his character very well; a hero with imperfections who manages to redeem himself at the end. It was a bit James Bondy, particularly with the opening credits taking about 10 minutes with all these oily girls prancing about. The ‘dragon tattooed girl’ was really awesome and believable. The actress, Rooney Mara, I had never even heard of before and she looks nothing like her grungey and grimey character – she portrays it really well. Her hair bugged me… Haha, I was like, grow a friiiinge!! But that wasn’t what her part was all about… Haha.

After watching the film, I asked Mum how it compared with the book and she said it was quite well done in how they fit in almost everything to still have the story make sense. Apparently, they missed out a bit where they go to Australia, but we think that part wasn’t needed.

It wasn’t much of a cliff hanger, because I think that all the books are meant to be completely different anyway, but I am looking forward to the next one, which will probably be out the same time next year, like they all do to leave you hanging.

Have you guys seen The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo yet? Have you read the book? Did you think it did the book justice?

Breaking Dawn: Part 1

Last night, Mum and I went to see the latest in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part 1. I was a little apprehensive about seeing this film; I found the other films extremely mushy and not really what I had portrayed in the book. I mean, I know it’s a teen-love story, but the moody faces just did not seem to cut it with me. In the books, Bella is portrayed as a smart, thoughtful young lady and I felt that Kristen Stewart did not show this properly in her performances and she came across rather moody – I don’t think I would be so moody if I was stuck in the middle of an Edward/Jacob sandwich! That aside, I thought I should continue with the films as I had started with them now and, much like the Harry Potter films, I wanted to see what bits they had missed out and what they had done well.

If you haven’t read the book and don’t want it to be spoiled, I would most definitely stop reading here, as a lot of my comparisons are to do with what I have previously read. But I’m sure you guys already know there’s a wedding and honeymoon – and if you haven’t guessed what happens by the adverts that are on your televisions… well, I don’t know what to say – I won’t give too much away though…

It seems in fashion to split stories-made-into-films in half right now, but as I walked in, I wondered what part they would stop at. I guessed, and I was completely wrong. Ten seconds in and Jacob had his shirt off. I know the boy is like, 19 but that does not offend the eyes!

It took an hour for the wedding and honeymoon scenes which, as I glanced at my glow-in-the-dark watch, I thought was too long. But it’s a teen movie and they love all that mushy luvvy-duvvy stuff, I guess. I did love the wedding – I thought the dress was a bit overstated for ‘book Bella’, as she would’ve gone for something a lot simpler – and the honeymoon was completely line-for-line as in the book, even throwing in a chess set as per the book’s cover; something that all these films always incorporate somewhere into a scene.

The wolves were also perfect. I have always had a soft spot for Seth in the books (why, I have no idea!) and he was completely awesome, as was Leah. But I actually loved the whole wolf pack when I was reading so maybe I’m a bit biased!

When Bella becomes pregnant, the book is quite graphic with how she looks and this actually was the only part that disappointed me a little. There wasn’t much colour to her belly, which is carrying a blood-sucking demon… One that is sucking her blood. She just looked overly falsely pregnant and I didn’t really believe it as much as I probably should have. It might just be me, I don’t know.

Other than that, the story stuck completely to the book (from what I remember of it; I did read it a few years ago now!) and I found this film completely tolerable because of it. It didn’t really leave me, wanting to see the next one straight away, but I am looking forward to the last film of this series and I think Breaking Dawn Part 1 was the best version of the book so far.

Have you seen Breaking Dawn yet? What did you guys think?