Winter Movie Guide: December 2011 – Week 4 – Wednesday Special

The Adventures of Tintin

Based on the novel by Herge
Screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Directed by Steven Speilberg

“Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.”

Pioneer Steven Speilberg is finally on the mo-cap train, this time working with Peter Jackson to realize the classic tale The Adventures of Tintin in amazing, vivid detail.  It’s just the right technology for the genre, a high adventure that many reviewers have been comparing to the better of the Indiana Jones films.

The only curious thing is Speilberg will be going against himself, albeit for somewhat different audiences, with this opening a few days before War Horse, his awards film, although I won’t be surprised if The Adventures of Tintin doesn’t win an award or two itself.  Fans are excited to see Jackson’s entry into the series, which is said to go into production when The Hobbit films are completely done, so maybe 2013?

Read Jeremy’s review right here.

Trailer:

Rated PG.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
Screenplay by Steve Zallian
Directed by David Fincher

Starring Daniel Craig & Rooney Mara

“Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.”

I’m still not sure what more there is to mine about this story that hasn’t been explored in the Swedish film.  If it were done for entirely commercial reasons, I would understand better, but David Fincher usually only does things he has a specific vision for.  How that differs from the other film is yet to be seen, I suppose.

Already an early awards contender, Daniel Craig has become a crowd favorite, let’s see if this one can get him in as an academy  favorite, as Rooney Mara is sure to be.  Most will see the film to see an English adaptation of the popular books, but some will see it out of morbid curiosity about what is different about it.  Jeremy touches on those changes a bit in his review, right here.

You can see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo tonight, a night early, after 7 pm, which was the decision of the studio.

Trailer:

Rated R.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Written by Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, & Jeremy Renner

“The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.”

Award-winning director Brad Bird makes his first foray into live action films after scoring hits with The Iron Giant, and The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar.  From the looks of the trailer, he’s taken the theories he directs animation with and applied them to real life, with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) swinging from the tallest building in the world.

Jeremy Renner joins the cast this go around, with Simon Pegg returning to his British side kick role he played so well in the last film.  Now the IMF are on the run, trying to clear their names and stop nuclear war, and most reviews have lauded the film for its spectacular, and almost non-stop, action.  It’s said to be a visual treat, and is now open in IMAX theaters all around.  Tomorrow, it opens in theaters nationwide.

Read Jeremy’s review right here.

Trailer:

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