Monday, January 2, 2012

Movie Monday (Catching Up Edition!): "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", "We Bought a Zoo" and "War Horse"

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. Feel free to participate if you are moved to do so. The more the merrier!

The Christmas Season put me ridiculously behind with my poor neglected little blog, so here I am with a little catching up to do. These three movies have already been released, but (if your anything like me) you might have been to busy to check them out yet. So, with no further ado, here are your Movie Monday sneak peeks:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that they were doing an English language adaptation of this series. Although I had my doubts, initially, about the casting (I did love Noomi Repace in the original Swedish films), Rooney Mara has effectively dispelled any doubts I may have had.

Mara proved she had the chops to play Lisbeth Salander and had to jump through many hoops not only to prove she had the stuff to win the role, but also once she had it.

Along her path of evolving into a psychotically troubled, motorcycle riding, computer hacking badass, Mara had her eyebrows bleached, hair chopped, multiple body parts pierced (including her face and nipples - true story, friends - those piercing are legit), take up smoking, and learn to ride a motorcycle.

Check out the transformation:


The Book:

In case you have been living under the proverbial rock, you have probably at least heard of a little book called The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. If you haven't checked them out yet, I absolutely recommend that you do so immediately. (More info on Goodreads.)

Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
--Dave Callanan

Movie Info: (IMDb) (Released 12/20/11)

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)

Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer


We Bought a Zoo

I'm a fool for any movie directed by Cameron Crowe (Jerry MacGuire, Say Anything, Almost Famous even Elizabethtown!). So on the merits of his resume alone, I'd be down, but throw in Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and some cute animal antics...count me in!

The Book:

We Bought a Zoo is based on the true life story of Benjamin Mee: (blurb by Goodreads)

The house hunt of author Benjamin Mee and his wife, Katherine, ended with an unusual, even bizarre solution: The pair decided to move into a ramshackle zoo in the English countryside. Mee had a degree in psychology and specializes in animal behavior, but not even he could have imagined the complexities of holding sway over more than 200 exotic animals. Almost immediately, the project of reopening the zoo as a family business ran into financial -- and four-footed -- obstacles. Then a major tragedy broke: Katherine's brain tumor recurred and she died at the age of 40. Through it all, the family persevered, and in July 2007, the zoo reopened under Mee management. A bittersweet story about creatures sharing one another's company.

Movie Info: (IMDb) (Released 12/23/11)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (screenplay)

Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church


War Horse

The little horse that could has had quite a year! The novel was originally published in 1982, but in this year has not only been a hit Tony Award winning Broadway musical, but is now also a Golden Globe nominated (and probably soon-to-be Oscar nominated) movie.

I haven't read the book or seen any of it's award-winning incarnations yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion I might need to pack some hankies...

The Book: (Goodreads)

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

Movie Info: (IMDb) (Released 12/25/11)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Lee Hall (screenplay), Richard Curtis (screenplay)


Well, that's it for this week folks. Sorry about the delay and I promise to keep the hits coming!

Next week: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

If you'd like to share some of your own favorite book-to-movie adaptations, feel free to join in below. Don't forget to ink back to your BFF here at Steph's Stacks!

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