As we get closer to the summer movie season, the marketing machines are about to go into overdrive. Kicking off this day that only happens once every four years, is the explosive, shiny new trailer for The Avengers…..or as the Brits are calling it: Marvel Avengers Assemble.
Making its English language debut in 2009, the first installment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has sold tens of millions of copies. Shortly afterward, the Swedish version of the film, directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), opened to American audiences and was well received by both critics and fans of Larsson’s gripping novel.
As a huge fan of the book, then the Swedish version of the film, I welcomed the news of an American version with a cold shoulder. I didn’t see the need for Hollywood to get their grubby mitts on a story that had A) just made its way to American shores and B) was excellent in its native language. With the success that the material enjoyed, the conversion to an American film was only a matter of time. David Fincher (The Social Network) was on board to bring his vision of the source material to the screen using Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network) as main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salandar. But the question was: will it be any good?
When I first heard word that Hollywood was going to make…actually re-make this film my first response was: Why? I’ve read the Millennium trilogy and I’ve seen all three of the Swedish films and really didn’t see any reason to put an American spin on it. Then word came down that David Fincher would direct, and Daniel Craig would star along with Christopher Plummer and my feelings toward this remake started to warm.
There wasn’t a whole lot to work with this week so this one is short and sweet. There were loads of clips released for several upcoming films, but I try to stay away from those. Unless it’s a really really good one that I just can’t stay away from, but there weren’t any of those this week. Kill some time with this week’s trailers.
I’m sorry. I’m just going to apologize now because as I’m writing this, the only things that are going through my head are bad puns or jokes about dropping the hammer or it being hammer time. I can’t promise that I will refrain from using any of them (see the post’s title) but I will do my best to keep them to a minimum.