Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
6 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Swap your game every month! • We carry the latest titles for both XBOX 360 and PS3 • No late fees - return when you are ready! • Don't get bored playing the same game over and over * Conditions apply. Pricing and offer based on indefinite period rental agreement with a calculation period of 24 months. Full terms and conditions available on application. Introducing the Mr Rental Games club The Latest PS3 and XBox 360 Games?* Fabrics & Crafts B&B CREATIONS 289 High St South, Solway, Masterton FREE PHONE 0508 422 632 The Marquis of Normanby Hotel 63 High Street North, Carterton • Phone 06 379-7960 4080238AT MONDAY -- Texas Holdem Poker 7.30pm start TUESDAY -- Tui Handle Club WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY -- 2 for $25 steaks THURSDAY -- Be here for the $100 Bar Tab Draw SUNDAY -- Roast of the day $15 FUNCTION ROOM NOW AVAILABLE 6 DAYS PER WEEK NO HIRE FEE! 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Open 7 days 10am -- 8pm NEW TRADING HOURS Wed --Thurs 3pm till late, Fri -- Sun 10am till late. Kitchen open 5pm -- 9pm Wed/Thurs, 10am - 9pm Fri -- Sun. 83 - 87 High Street North, Carterton P: 379 6065 FULL A LA CARTE MENU Check out our Weekly Specials board LIVE BANDS, FUNCTIONS, BIRTHDAYS, BOOKINGS. 50+ Beers and a huge selection of wines. Ask about our Wine Tasting Evenings. Check out The Lounge Bar on Facebook. 4362720AA 4362720AA MOVIE REVIEW - THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Mara eases story fatigue By MATTHEW DALLAS Girl interrupted: Rooney Mara gets her point across as the captivating Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The American adap- tation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is as challenging to appraise as some of its subject matter is to watch. Having read the first two books in Stieg Larsson's extremely popular Millen- nium Trilogy, and viewed the first two of the Swedish films, I've found it hard to measure my appreciation for this latest incarnation. It is a picture in which shock, suspense and intrigue are essential devices -- but all of which were either spoiled for me or at least dulled by the material's fam- iliarity. If I could have had my memory wiped as my ticket was torn, I have little doubt The Girl With the Dragon Tat- too would have struck me with the same intensity as when I spun Man som hatar kvinnor (2009) in the DVD player a few years back, expecting a routine murder mystery. No doubt like a lot of people, I rolled my eyes when the Hollywood adaptation was announced, but when David Fincher was signed on to dir- ect, my distrust softened. If anyone could repackage this franchise and its enigmatic heroine for America with integrity and daring intact, it would be the director of Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac. To this extent the film is a success. For those yet to enter Lars- son's world of icy landscapes, dark secrets, sexual violence and cunning investigation, Fincher's adaptation is a worthy way in and I'm very envious. But for those who know the story inside out, my endorse- ment is more conditional. This Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is no revelatory upgrade. It's an accomplished but comparable retelling that has a better soundtrack than the Swedish version and will appease English-speaking fans who dislike subtitles. Daniel Craig fills the earn- est shoes of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist who, after being disgraced in a defamation case, is offered ref- uge on a remote island owned by the industrious Vanguard family. He is hired to bring fresh eyes to a mystery that has tormented the family patriarch (Christopher Plum- mer) for 50 years; the disap- pearance of his niece Harriet, presumed murdered at the age of 16. Blomkvist finds a family rife with dysfunction and dark secrets -- the odd characters made all the more disturbing by their bland appearance. Larsson's juicy page-turner is a classic Agatha Christie- style whodunit, except for its most compelling component -- Lisbeth Salander -- the author's adult version of Pippi Longstocking, assuming she had the childhood from hell. Both victim and avenger, introverted but abrasive, genius hacker deemed intel- lectually incompetent by the state, she is a broken riddle wrapped, tattooed and pierced in black enigma. The brilliant hacker assists Blomkvist with his investi- gation, but it is her own harrowing experiences early in the picture -- and her sub- sequent retribution -- that consumes the film's tone with dread and fury. The bold, Bond noir title sequence does its darndest to suggest this Dragon Tattoo is fresh ink but, other than the menacing Trent Reznor soundtrack, there are not many glaring differences. Visually, Fincher's picture is more stylish, the cinema- tography more assured. Rooney Mara is fantastic as Salander, as good as Noomi Rapace but no better. Craig was a curious choice. It's a struggle to receive James Bond as bookish and vulnerable, but Craig does an OK job conveying the character's weaknesses, if not a consistent European accent. The best bits of the film -- both adaptations and the book -- are when these characters are together, forging their unlikely friendship, which makes one suspect the real challenge is still to come. Larsson kept Blomkvist and Salander apart for almost the entirety of The Girl Who Played With Fire, something the Swedish sequel struggled to come to grips with. Here's hoping Fincher can find a way to crack it.
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