I started off the really early morning with The Help, whose rental window was about to expire. I was a little hesitant about starting the day with a 2+ hour movie (my attention span is a bit limited), but just a few minutes into The Help I knew that would not be a problem. What really made this such an entertaining flick was its great story and a superb cast. All the characters in the movie were so well-rounded and they all couldn’t have been played any differently or any better. I am not even embarrassed to admit I sobbed through roughly fifty percent of the movie. Heart-wrenching.
As others have already mentioned, the standouts were Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain. And while everyone has raved about Davis and Spencer, deservedly so, I was drawn to Chastain. Her character was so unique and Chastain played her so earnestly. It’s no wonder she’s the female Fassbender, appearing in every movie being made in 2011 and 2012.
The Help was followed by an even longer The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I went into this movie with extremely high expectations. Not only is the movie based on an amazing series, but it also has David Fincher involved. And on top of that, I was not a fan whatsoever of the Swedish version (too fast-paced and the characters did not quite match those from the novels). Despite these high expectations, I was completely blown away with every single aspect about Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo.
The opening credits sequence was so disturbingly awesome. Both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig played their characters to a tee. The movie, which was roughly two and a half hours long, progressed at a very steady pace and was very faithful to the novel. And the score…ah, the score. Though The Social Network’s score fit the movie well, it’s not my cup of tea. The Dragon Tattoo score, however, was a perfect complement to both the action-packed scenes and the heavily troubling scenes. Man, I wish more movies were like this.