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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

After falling in love with the Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was expecting this remake to be outstanding! How can I not have such a high expectation when critics rant and rave about it being amazing, David Fincher is the director and Daniel Craig stars in it? After wasting two and half hours watching this film, the only scene I really enjoyed was the opening sequence in which a nightmare of Lisbeth's is artistically portrayed. Everything else about the film was a complete bore!

There was no need to remake the original because it was captivating, thrilling and generally an incredible film. I remain convinced that the remake was only done so that lazy people who can't be bothered to read subtitles could watch the film! Then again, with subtitles, at least I could understand what the characters were saying... This film is set in Sweden despite the fact that all of the characters speak English with strong Swedish accents which results in you struggling to interpret what everyone is saying!

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig play the two lead roles in this film but in all honesty, despite what anyone else may think, they both failed at their performances... Michael Nyqvist and Noomie Rapace were born to play the roles of Mikael and Lisbeth in the original whereas Mara was born to star in films with a teenage cast and Craig was born to star in British films about gangsters and spies! To help get my point across even further, Noomie Rapace was approached to reprise the role of Lisbeth for the remake after her incredible performances in the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who played with Fire and The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest.

I'm adamant that another reason why I found this film to be so dull is because the colours used were dull. The entire film has a cold colour tint to it. In comparison to the original, which has a warm colour tint to it, the colour tint in the remake creates a miserable, uninteresting atmosphere which reflects onto the mood of the audience.

In conclusion, the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a huge disappointment and I'm certain that it will be one film that I'll never be revisiting. If like me, you have seen the film and were expecting it to be mesmerising, I strongly suggest that you watch the original Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Alien
Alien (1979)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Writing this review is going to instantly make me look like an amateur but my honest opinion of Alien is that it is potentially the most overrated film of all time. I can understand why it has a cult following and although I wish I could love the film as a whole, I simply don't.

Everyone knows the story of Alien so I doubt that there's much point in writing a brief plot summary for you to read. Doesn't the title of the film say it all?

I think the main reason why I find Alien to be so incredibly overrated is that people are blown away by such scenes as John Hurt's encounter with the face hugger and the chest-bursting scene. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love watching both of these scenes but the fact is, so many of the other scenes in the film are prolonged and dull.

Although I find many of the scenes in this film boring, which is the sole reason for me not liking it, the themes and elements explored are quite simply brilliant!

Alien is described by many as being a genuinely scary film. However, I have great doubt that the many people who find this film really scary consider what is actually scary about it. How many times does Ripley's cat make you jump compared to the alien itself? Lewton bus jump-out-of-your-seat moments are used frequently throughout the film to create an intense atmosphere. Then, when something genuinely scary makes you jump, the intensity built up by the lewton buses adds an emphasis on the fear that you feel which gives many audience members the impression that the film is terrifying. Although I make Ridley Scott's technique sound like a negative, evidently it is effective and I think it is brilliant! Compared to most modern horror films, how many could make a ginger cat put you on the edge of your seat?

The 1970s saw horror films contain a frequent theme in which women were sexually exploited and portrayed as being weak. Alien takes this popular theme and bends it backwards which suggests that the film supports feminism. One obvious way in which this is portrayed is by having Ripley, the main character, being a woman who happens to be the leader of her team and the only survivor by the end of the film. The other female character in the film, Lambert, has similar characteristics to Ripley. Also, her deathly fate isn't determined until towards the end of the film. Another aspect as to what makes Ripley and Lambert different to other females in horror films of the same decade is that both of them are desexualised.

Of course, the characters of Ripley and Lambert aren't the only aspects of the film which support feminism. A few subtle aspects are metaphorically portrayed within the film which is aimed at attacking men. More importantly, these aspects take the concept of women being sexually exploited and put men in the position. Firstly, John Hurt's character is attacked by a face hugger in which it inserts an egg down his throat. This is symbolic of a male being orally raped, something that was seemingly forbidden to be portrayed in film. Then there's the concept of the alien developing inside Hurt's character before it breaks through his chest. This is metaphorical for the process of childbirth but more importantly, a male is giving birth as opposed to a woman. Whilst men seemingly never think about being raped or giving birth, Alien forces its male audience to experience the fear and pain that's associated with them.

To conclude this review, I find the scenes used to glue the iconic scenes of Alien together to be considerably boring which has a major impact on my enjoyment of the film but the themes explored within the film are enjoyable to watch are and portrayed in an entertaining manner.