the girl with the dragon tattoo movie review

to read a blurb about this movie on IMDB, click here

to read my review about the book with the same title, click here

this movie is currently available on Netflix.

TW: a pretty graphic rape scene. it is mentioned in the book but it’s quite vivid in the movie. not as bad as The Last House on the Left but pretty close. 


I finally watched this movie! I was feeling watching a movie the other night, which almost never happens, and I decided why not watch this one? I remembered my promise to watch and review the movies and I didn’t want to let any of my readers down so I did and I have no regrets because it was super amazing! It takes a lot for me to gush about movies so you can be assured that it’s a very good movie!

I watched the Swedish version because, well the book is Swedish (translated to English) and I felt that watching the American version just wouldn’t feel right. Also, I don’t think the American one was available on Netflix. Plus I’ve heard that it isn’t very good. Perhaps, if it comes on Netflix or Hulu, I’ll watch it and do a comparison post.

Anyway, on to the actually review because I’m getting side tracked.

I am seriously blown away as I mentioned repeatedly. This movie literally copied the book almost to a tee. There were a few inconsistencies but nothing super major and it certainly didn’t detract from the story in anyway. The inconsistencies weren’t important to the story. They were more of just side things that happen when Mikael and Lisbeth weren’t together.

The actors that were chosen for Mikael (Michael Nyquist) and Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) were spot on. Nyquist has so many funny facial expressions when dealing with Rapace that it just brought the whole thing together. It’s not mentioned in the book, the facial expressions, but it really added to the movie. Lisbeth was played to a tee. I’ve been told that Rapace is actually a pretty famous Swedish actress, so that really helps. Rapace really captured the awkwardness and socially stunted Lisbeth so well, it was like the part was made for her. I am still thinking about this movie and I watched it a couple nights ago. That’s how good it is.

I will certainly be continuing with the rest of the trilogy, perhaps this weekend. I have a bunch of TV shows to catch up on so it might have to wait until next Tuesday. Regardless, I am anxious to see how well the portray the rest of the books and will be sure to watch them as soon as I can. If it’s anything like this anything like this movie, I’m going to be in for a treat. And I can’t wait!

 

 

xxlacy

fantastic beasts and where to find them

to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here

to read my review on the movie with the same title, click here.


I love that Jk Rowling gave us a couple of textbooks from the world of Harry Potter. It really brings the story more to life because you actually get to read what the trio read. I am still waiting for Hogwarts, a History but until then, I will live with this book and Quidditch Through the Ages.

Out of both texts, I prefer this one. It reads very easily and is organized alphabetically. The beginning prologue, which explains how the Ministry of Magic rating system came to be and other information like that, is a tad on the boring side but textbooks can’t always be fun and exciting. I do wish that there was more information about each creature and maybe even some pictures. The movies only show a few of the creatures, like the ones that play a major part in the story. However, I did like the little notes and drawings that the trio wrote in them. It gives the book a more personalized feel so it’s not so much a textbook but an extension on the original series.

I really can’t complain though. This was highly informative and I’m glad that it was released to us Muggles. Yes, I know that I am American and should use the term “No-Maj” but honestly, Muggle sounds better.  It really is a must have for the die hard Harry Potter fans but it’s also a good book to have just in your library as well because the cover is so dang pretty!

As far as how this compares to the movie, you almost can’t compare them. The movie took the creatures from the text and put them into a situation. It would be fairly difficult to try and make a movie just from this text. The only way I can see this happening is if they did like an infomercial type of movie with Newt (or Hagrid) showing us each character. I could even see it like a documentary that is often on Animal Planet or Discovery Channel.

I am pleased with both book and movie. They each contribute something wonderful to the Harry Potter world. With the movie, we are introduced to Newt, a wonderfully adorable and awkward man and is the predecessor for Hagrid. In the book, we learn a little more about the creatures in the series and just how dangerous/not dangerous they are. Each has their own merits and I cherish both of them.

 

xxlacy

the da vinci code

to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here

 

Oh my god, do I love this series! This series has yet to suffer from that “middle of the book” syndrome that us book lovers have come to know and hate.  I mean how could you hate this series? Y’all crazy if you hate this. Jesus, I’m bossy.

Anyway, I’ll get on with the review because it would otherwise turn into screeching and incoherent noises that I’m sure nobody wants to really listen too.

This takes place not right after the first book but a year or so after. It’s still fresh in Robert Langdon’s mind, though. He has just given a lecture when he is woken up by the French police. There has been a murder at the Louvre Museum and they need his knowledge in symbols to help figure who the killer is. However, Robert is quickly considered a suspect. With the help from the granddaughter of the victim, Sophie Neveu and her cryptography specialization, Robert sets out on a quest to find out who the killer is.

I seriously love how this book combines history with crime and mystery. Normally, I’m not a fan of crime and mystery books but combined with history, count me in! It wasn’t info dumpy that some historical crime books can be. The information was presented in an easy to read way and is broken up by dialogue. Often times, Robert would be telling someone the information that has never heard it, so he uses layman’s terms to help them understand, which I love!

The primary subject surrounding this book is the Holy Grail and the quest to find it. I will not say with the Holy Grail is because who wants to be spoiled on such a cool thing? All I will say is that there was a lot of controversy surrounding this book when it was first publishes and calls to protest it, which of course will make anyone want to read it. So, they really kind of failed in that aspect.

Man, this review sounds incredibly random and doesn’t make any sense. Even going back and editing, I still make about as much sense as a wall. It’s hard to talk about books like these, though, because it’s like a treasure hunt. You read all the clues and try to figure them out so you can get the treasure at the end. Plus, writing about a favored book is hard. You want people to love the book as much as you but trying to find the words to say why they should is hard. So I think I will end the review on that. So go pick up this treasure hunt today!

 

couple of notes: angels and demon was written after this book. back in school when i first started this series, i started with this one and then read angels and demons. it did not detract from the book but since this book does mention sporadically what happened at the Vatican, i would suggest starting with this book. 

note two: don’t watch the movies. like i mentioned in my last review, the movies are okay. this movie was a bit better than angels and demons but not much. i’m a massive tom hanks fan so it pains me to tell you not to watch one of his movies. i think he was a good Robert Langdon but the way they did the movie just kind of ruined it for me. reading this book the second time has confirmed that the movies were a trainwreck. 

 

xxlacy

fantastic beasts and where to find them movie review

to see what the movie is about from IMDB, click here.

to read reviews of the book this movie is based on from Goodreads, click here

 

I know that I am an all book blog so this review will be a little out of the norm. However, I feel that it is fitting to have a movie review that is based on a book. If this is popular or you guys like it, I can easily do more of them. I have seen The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which I can rave about all day long!)

This weekend, I was FINALLY able to watch Fantastic Beasts. I have the textbook and have read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if I can find it again in my massive stash of books, I will read it and review it.

This movie was so incredible! I was sucked right back into the magical world that is Harry Potter. Yes, this wasn’t about Harry Potter but I instantly got those vibes. The movie had a very similar soundtrack to Harry Potter, so that helped the vibes immensely.

The movie follows the adventure of Newt Scamander in the 1920’s, who wrote the textbook Fantastic Beasts. His destination is Arizona but makes a stop in New York. There is a lot of drama going on with a beast that is threatening to expose the wizarding world. Newt happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He enlists the help of an ex Aurora, her sister and a Muggle (No Maj as they are called in America) to help clear his name.

This movie did take a lot of liberties. The book is basically a list of all magical creatures, a short paragraph or so of information about them and the Ministry of Magic’s rating of how dangerous or not dangerous they are. So, in all reality, the movie had a lot they could do.

I did like that many different creatures did show up and Newt explained what they were and how not dangerous they are. Newt’s entire life was based on proving to wizards that not all the creatures in the world were dangerous. He is the precursor of Hagrid and I loved it.

Newt as a character was just so awkward and charming. He really did remind me of Hagrid and how much he loved all his creatures. I wholeheartedly support his cause and I now want a pet dragon, among other things.

The sequel is supposed to have Jude Law as young Dumbledore. I am interested to see how this will go. This movie did bring him up and Newt’s time at Hogwarts so I’m interested to hear the story of those two. I think that as long as Jk Rowling remains mega involved, I will love it no matter what.

 

xxlacy