I won't go into detail about the man who sat next to me and took his shoes off, instantly incapacitating my olfactory system with his weapons-grade toxic feet, because I doubt you get that with every screening. I must have just been lucky. Instead I'll just tell you about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and how it is, like, well good and stuff.
It's essentially a whodunnit with a bit of whytheydunnit and even some didtheyactuallydunnitatall thrown in for good measure, but it's a cut above your average murder mystery because it's got characters who are actually convincing people with complicated lives and well-developed backstories, which is rarer than a watchable Melanie Griffith performance these days.
It's leisurely-paced but never boring; getting to know the characters is just as interesting as finding the next clue in the puzzle, so hooray for that too. It also looks beautiful. It must be mandatory for all Swedish films to be shot through some kind of icy blue/white filter, unless that's what Sweden actually looks like. I wouldn't know, the closest I've been is Ikea and it doesn't look like that. There wasn't a Not Lamp or Benno CD Tower in sight.
On the downside there aren't really any major plot surprises; although it occasionally veers towards Se7en-esque territory it's a much smaller story than that so you won't leave the cinema in stunned disbelief. You probably will leave, though, wanting to see the other two films in the trilogy adapted from Stieg Larsson's books, and the good news is that they're coming out in September and November this year, and as The Incredible Suit does like to collect the set I'll be there with nobs on.
So well done Johnny Sweden, you've set the benchmark now. Officially The Incredible Suit's Best Film Of 2010 So Far, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the one they've all got to beat. Although Hot Tub Time Machine's out soon so it might be a short-lived victory.
What Cineworld Enfield Did To Annoy Me This Time
The ushers came in and turned the lights on full and started cleaning up around me during the credits while I was listening to the music. Unbelievable.
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