Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

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I’m still digesting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the movie we watched yesterday evening. It’s a movie that’s taking a long time for me to digest because the way I do it is I let scenes play in my head over and over while I’m mowing the lawn or folding freshly-laundered clothes, and while I’m replaying them I think about what I liked in the scene, how it was composed, the chemistry between the actors, and how the scene furthered the plot. Usually, this works pretty well for me.

The problem with my approach is that somebody’s getting brutally raped or beaten bloody in just about every scene of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and it’s not the kind that’s hinted at, or implied in extreme close-ups or fade-aways. There’s kicking, there’s punching, there’s getting tied up to the bed with electrical cords. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with so much rape in it. I’m pretty sure every character who mattered was raped at one point or another.

This has thrown a wrench in my way of chewing over a movie because I can think about the tamest scenes in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for only so long before I want to curl up in a fetal ball in the corner and hum the theme to Gilligan’s Island for the rest of the day. I made the mistake of letting one of the worst scenes in my head this morning and I still can’t get it out no matter how tightly I cling to my favorite blankie and suck my thumb. It’s a pretty intense movie.

All that being said, I can see why it won all kinds of awards and Hollywood wants to crank out an English-language version as soon as they possibly can, although I don’t think I’ll be up to watching it again a year from now. I wish I could come up with a recommendation for you in the meantime, but you’re on your own here. No way I want to be responsible for you going to this movie on my say-so.

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