I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and the same for the New Year! I’m sure many of you got the box sets and films you wanted! I managed to watch so many films this Christmas so maybe expect some reviews, especially for The Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug and Disney’s Up! Finally…. although belated Merry Christmas guys!
The year of 2013 has been a great year for the film industry and cinema; there have been some outstanding releases that have therefore played a role in advertising cinema in all its glory; however there have also been those flops and shameful failures. I have been lucky enough to have viewed many new releases this year and more so, some outstanding ones. I have also been lucky in dodging some of the terrible showings. I will not be awarding films generic titles but ones that suit its viewing most accordingly.
I SHOULD HAVE KEPT MY £10 AND BROUGHT NETFLIX AWARD!
Surprisingly there was no contest for this award even with Movie 43 and The Harry Hill Movie being released in the same year. Oblivion for me was the worse film of 2013 that I had paid to see and even with that in mind, I’m sure it still would have been equally terrible if it was free! The story to Oblivion really didn’t reveal itself till the end so for the most part it was Tom Cruise fixing broken droids with chewing gum and fighting his own clones in a “Tom Cruise-off”. It was just a really poor film that seemed the only purpose it fulfilled was to remind us all how egotistical Mr. Cruise is. For the majority of this film apart from planning the fire exit route home, I was actually thinking of things I could have brought instead, and yes a month’s trail of Netflix crossed my mind!
IT WAS WORTH THAT EXTRA £1 FOR THE GLASSES AWARD!
Most films I’ve seen in 3D have really not been worth that extra £1 for the glasses nor the hassle of the glasses irritating your head. However on that very short list is a 2013 release that I believe is the best cinematic viewing experience in recent years! Gravity was outstanding and its use of 3D was just brilliant. The scene that was most amazing consisted of Ryan Stone’s (Sandra Bullock) tears falling from her eyes towards your face out of the screen. Alfonso Cuarón editing and effects should be applauded. There were really no other contenders for this award, Gravity was visually faultless!
I ALMOST CHOKED ON MY SKITTLES WHILST LAUGHING AWARD!
Every year a handful of “comedies” are released and only a select few manage a snigger or a laugh. This year has been slightly encouraging though with a few films being released that were surprisingly funny. This is the End was by no means special but I giggled due to the works of Seth Rogan once again, and of course The Worlds End was very good displaying that classical Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright humour. However the best comedy of 2013 for me was The Heat! It was hilarious and included amazing humour achieved by the physical display as well as the dialogue. I was actually lucky to see the advanced viewing of The Heat all the way back in February/March and I can still remember the punch-lines. There was one scene out of many that made me hysterical and I actually choked on my skittles at the time, I shall just call that “the watermelon scene”. The Heat isn’t the best film ever but it definitely succeeded at making me laugh non-stop throughout so the award was a no-brainer!
MOST TENSE EXPERIENCE AWARD!
There’s nothing I find more interesting than how a film can make you feel so tense and on edge despite knowing full well it’s just fiction, it’s just a film. This year two films made me on edge, James Wan’s horror The Conjuring had one particular scene that made me amongst others a little bit clammy. However it was Captain Phillips that completely by surprise made me so tense and thrilled throughout viewing. Tom Hanks playing the lead role in a film based on the real life event of Somali pirates capturing the captain of an American cargo ship back in 2009. It had many breath taking and nervy scenes that was helped by the great performance of Tom Hanks. As well as being the tensest viewing experience of 2013, Captain Phillips is also one of my favourite releases.
IT WAS SO WORTH BEING SURROUNDED BY KIDS AWARD!
No matter how old you are there will always be certain films that you can’t help but go to the cinema and watch, despite it involving being surrounded by excitable kids and their parents. Despicable Me 2 was one of those films that I had to see and it was very worth it due the minion mayhem, but it was Monsters University that was the real entertainer. The long awaited sequel to the 2001 Monsters Inc. and the film of my childhood it was one I couldn’t resist. Watching Mike and Sully back at university competing in the scare games was great and it really made me feel like a little child again. I might have looked a bit odd laughing and smiling throughout but the film was amazing. I really don’t regret going to the cinema to see it at all even I did look like a big kid and I’m sure there were many others out there just like me!
YOU SHOULD QUIT THE FATHER AND SON DUO AWARD!
It’s always a disaster waiting to happen when a film becomes a family project. However the film that needed to ditch its father and son duo wasn’t A Good Day To Die Hard but Will and Jadon Smith’s After Earth. The father and son duo had struck lucky with The Pursuit Of Happiness but it wasn’t going to happen again. Jadon really can’t act and the storyline was so dull, at times I didn’t know what was worse. The film previously had such a huge advertisement campaign focusing on the pairing but after this display, this should be the last time we see the Smith’s on the big screen together for a while.
LETS JUST SHHH AND ENJOY THE CINEMATOGRAPHY AND SOUNDTRACK AWARD!
I had to squeeze this film in here somehow! Many will criticise and shame Nicholas Winding Refn’s 2013 Only God Forgives but for me it was a technical and visual master display. It was the unlabelled sequel to the very popular and prestigious Drive (2011) but the film itself was very different. Despite a quiet story, the technical side of Only God Forgives was amazing, the cinematography was really as good as it gets. I’ve heard this film being described as many things, but the one that was really spot on was, “Perfect photography without the caption.” Once again like Drive the soundtrack was also brilliant. Even if you don’t have a clue about what is going on you can’t shun the faultless visuals and for me it was one of the best and underrated releases this year.
I WAS BRIEFLY SCARED AWARD!
2013 for horror was very disappointing in comparison to my original expectations. With big name releases like The Evil Dead and Carrie I was hoping for something else apart from just gore but that didn’t arrive. Surprisingly though it was two of the less talked about films that made the impact, Mama was especially good but James Wan’s The Conjuring for me was the best horror. It had an interesting story that was executed well resulting in a few moments where I was actually scared. The “clap game scene” especially showed that. Again it was nothing too special but it was definitely the best out of the bunch.
BEST SEQUEL AWARD!
Usually when a bag full of sequels gets released it’s for the wrong reasons and they only produce a dent in their franchise. 2013 however was a good year for sequels with the likes of, Monsters University, A good day to Die Hard, Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games etc. but as expected there was no contest as soon as The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug was released. The prequels to the best trilogy made in Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit films were always going to have high expectations and they’ve surely delivered. Once again the entertainment flourished with a great storyline and cast recreating that much loved adventurous feel. There is no other alternative than to choose The Hobbit as the best sequel!
MOST FAVOURITE PERFORMANCE AWARD!
There are always those films and those characters that you can’t help but get attached too and this is purely down to the great performances captured by the actors and actresses. This year for me I saw two standout performances, Colin Farrell although only playing a side-role in Saving Mr Banks was absolutely brilliant. It was Farrell’s co-star Tom Hanks that gave the best performance of 2013 though, in the outstanding Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks reminded us all just why many regard him as one of the greatest actors of recent years. It was the final scene that really showed this, as a hysterical Tom Hanks captured brilliantly the feelings of Captain Richard Phillips. There will be no surprise if Hanks wins many awards for his role as without it Captain Phillips wouldn’t have been as enjoyable and as impacting.
There’s my non-generic awards for 2013, feel free to comment on all those wonderful controversial statements, or perhaps agree with my absolute correctness.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Billy Ray, Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
Captain Phillips is surprisingly tense and thrilling. There are moments in this film where you feel your spine tingle slightly. There’s no simple way in which you can describe the brilliance of Captain Phillips, but for a film that only focuses on one event, place and time for two and a quarter hours it keeps you unbelievably engaged and entertained. The screenplay has been amazingly adapted from both the book and the real life event of 2009 capturing the real horror and terror created. Tom Hanks also shows again why he is regarded as one of the all-time best actors of the last couple decades. Captain Phillips is a serious contender for being named as one of the best releases of 2013 as it is technically and visually faultless.
We follow the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of an American cargo ship captained by Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks). Setting off to the Airport from home Phillips kisses his wife a fearful goodbye with the promise he’ll keep in touch. Out at sea 145 miles off the Somali coast it’s a whole different story and world as there has already been warnings and signs of an attack. A small group of armed pirates then attempt to hijack the ship. Unarmed and defenceless Captain Phillips’s hopes of protecting himself, his cargo and his crew are short lived. Once aboard they demand a huge ransom sum, but Phillips’s plan and the crews survival techniques anger the pirates Captain, Muse, eventually resulting in Captain Phillips being taken hostage. The film then focuses on the stand-off between both fearful captains, Phillips and Muse as the pair float towards the coast in a small rescue pod. With the US Seals trailing and preparing a strategic and tactical rescue, the men on board all wait for their destiny in fear of their lives, creating some breath-taking edge of your seat action.
Surprisingly I found myself like many others in the cinema in fear and worry as the Somalis boarded the ship. It was a tense moment, the score both diegetic and non-diegetic really added to the atmosphere and created some realism as the crashing waves and shouting somewhat created the feel of panic and isolation. It’s the fact that Captain Phillips is based on a real-life event and one that is not only possible but common that we buy into the story so soon and so much. It deserves much credit to how well adapted the film is to correctly and successfully portray the real-life event as well as the book written by the man in the front seat of it all.
Director Paul Greengrass has also orchestrated a phenomenal visual display. The look and quality Captain Phillips obtains is outstanding and the way Greengrass has filmed certain scenes is brilliant. The “chase” scenes where the pirates hunt down Phillips’s “sitting duck” of a Cargo Ship are extremely tense, making for a fast-paced set of action. The cinematography is also great; the shots taken inside the rescue pod truly capture the fearful tension and atmosphere.
As we have seen many times in the past and throughout his career Tom Hanks displays yet another award-worthy and surely award-winning performance that really makes this film so successful. At times you feel like crying when watching the pain expressed upon his face. The final scene shows Phillips in “shock-mode”, hysterical, trembling and in tears of fear and relief, hairs start to stand up on your neck and a shiver runs down your back. I really can’t recall watching many better or many more believable scenes from Hanks or anyone for that matter. As Richard Phillips watches this, a film based on the most horrific moment of his life even he would be surprised on how realistic Hank’s performance was. The pirates themselves too deserve a huge amount of credit, adapting well and presenting such intimidation was amazing considering their lack of acting experience.
Captain Phillips is flawless, there was not one error or moment in the film that I would have changed or did I dislike. Its again amazing how cinema can have such an impact on you and your emotions, not many times have I left the cinema speechless despite wanting to blurt out so much praise. Captain Phillips is again a prime example of a film advertising the beauty of cinema; I can only hope that it receives the praise, credit and awards it deserves. I would highly recommend watching it before its cinema life ends, as no doubt will the viewing experienced be heightened and more enjoyable on the “big screen”. Captain Phillips is one of the best releases of 2013, enjoy it, experience it and live it.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
Se7en is thrilling, intelligent and iconic. David Fincher’s creation is possibly one of the best thrillers ever made, making for one of the most tense and suspense-filled viewings you could experience. The well-executed story is unique and gruesome, whilst the film editing, performance and sound all combine to produce a great end product. Se7en is David Fincher making a film that not only entertains but scars.
The story surrounds two cops, young “in your face” rookie Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) and his partner Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who’s old, calm and philosophical. The pair investigates a series of murders but soon realise that the killer is imitating the seven deadly sins with his victims, killing greed, gluttony, envy, sloth, pride, lust and wrath to teach “society” a lesson. However Mills and Somerset are up against an intelligent and sick-minded individual who uses the two detectives like puppets on a string, always being in charge. The film fuels from the hunt for the brutal serial killer, but as the story and case unfolds two of the best plot twists in cinema history unravel resulting in a thrilling nervous viewing experience.
Se7en has become such an iconic film due to its ability to provide in every area and element. The screenplay is the best from its genre and era combined, as it puts more than a few twists on the classic generic “cop vs. killer” thriller. The idea of embedding the seven deadly sins is brilliant and the way Fincher adapts this idea is pure gold. As the audience we see every drop of every blood spilt and every single centimetre of decayed flesh that leaves a gruesome image in your mind. As an audience we are really engaged and attached, the idea is that we are on this case and journey with Mills and Somerset, completely mystified, isolated and fearful. David Fincher again adding the components of a horror to astonishing effects, the dark foreboding feel and look created by his much used technique of a “bleach bypass” creates a much depressing film and experience leaving you stunned.
The performances captured by both Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are award-winning. Freeman’s portrayal of Somerset is great, creating a realistic display, my favourite being within the final scene. Brad Pitt was outstanding throughout and from his display especially that final scene again there’s no wonder that Fincher keeps recalling him. Technically Se7en is brilliant too; whilst many will shine praise onto the editing that was nominated for the Oscar I personally admire the score. The almost droning sound gets underneath your skin, making you constantly on edge. Howard Shore the composer to its original score deserves much credit.
Se7en was Fincher’s first blow-away film, it was from here that you knew more would follow and they’d get better, nastier and braver. Se7en isn’t an old film, but nevertheless it’s still popular at just over a decade on and I can see it being timeless and having an endless shelf-life. The final scenes alone will blow away competition from others, Se7en has this unique structure, it was very fast and upbeat throughout but during the end it slows down. This again un-eases the audience, it steadies us for one of the most horrific film endings. The impact Se7en has is remarkable. You walk away from the film reflecting on what a cruel world we live in. It’s that connection we have to the film and the characters that make it so special and what creates that impact. Se7en is certainly one of the “classics” from the last quarter-century and a film you really need to watch. It’s also a film that shows of classic Fincher.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón , George Clooney (un-credited)
Starring: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Visually breath-taking and flawless. Gravity is easily one of the “Best Picture” candidates for the Oscars as director Alfonso Cuarón’s special effects allows for one of the best cinema viewings in recent years. The film in simple terms can be described as Cast Away in space, but this isn’t at all flattering towards Hollywood’s new in the spotlight master-piece. Gravity is more than about the battle against isolation and survival, but a story showing the power and strength the human mind can possess even in the darkest of times.
There is little neither introduction nor an easing into action as we begin our experience mid-way through what seems to be an expected routine operation for a space team. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is an attending her first space mission as a medical engineer whilst her company is in the form of a composed, laid-back veteran Kowalski (George Clooney) attending his last space mission before retirement. Their simple objective of repairing a broken telescope however is quickly abandoned as a flood of fast coming debris smash into their shuttle flinging them into the wilderness and emptiness that is space. Separated, alone and in shock a frantic Ryan spins away. Joined by the comforting voice of Houston and Kowalski, Stone eventually gets instructed and locates a nearby station that could lead her homebound and to safety. However after contact is lost and another wave of debris soon approaching, Stone has to decide whether to simply let go and float away, or to hold on with passion and grit to find a solution.
Sandra Bullock presents the performance of her career, capturing a highly believable and realistic display despite being in a very drastic and hyperbolic situation. The pain that’s afflicted on Stone whether emotional, mental or physical leaves you sympathetic and sweating; this is significantly down to the amazing mastered performance. The absolute mental torture that Stone goes through takes us on an adventure of our own allowing us to feel the extreme loneliness and pain alongside Bullock’s character. Bullock will also be proud to be associated with such a prestigious film in terms of Gravity’s use of 3D and visual effects.
The use of 3D in Gravity is astonishing, showing just how fast the popular modern-day feature is being developed. There are many scenes that use 3D to amazing effects, my personal favourites occur in the scenes where Stone is in the pod. At one point we see her painful teardrop float up and away from her cheek towards our jaw-dropped and trembling faces. It is not only the 3D in this film that makes Gravity visually flawless but the use of shooting all digitally allows a much more defined quality. The element that separates Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity from the other space sci-fi films of this year such as Pacific Rim, Elysium and Oblivion is the cinematography and unbelievably scenery displayed throughout the film. It’s the small things in this film that really do add up to make perfection; the opening scene is breath-taking as we see an establishing shot of Earth as George Clooney’s character rather causally floats by.
The story to Gravity is simple but it is that very same simplicity that makes the film so enjoyable and such an amazing visual experience. Finding faults is rather difficult, there are areas where the story lacks depth, and in a personal perspective I would have much preferred more closure in the final scene and much more of an introduction to characters at the beginning. However the lack of these elements only emphasises and highlights the quality of others. I can predict now that Gravity will win many awards and possibly one or two Oscars. It’s a highlight film of 2013 for sure and one that advertises cinema as the beautiful art form it is. It was very hard deciding what rating Gravity deserved, many times I have considered it to be a perfect five stars but it is one nevertheless to view, to appreciate and to enjoy.
Genre: Comedy, Biography, Drama
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writers: Sue Smith, Kelly Marcel
Starring: Tom Hanks. Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell
A film that blew me away completely, reaching greater expectations than I first imagined. It’s not every day you get to watch a piece of real-life cinema history unfold in front of you, nor do you get to watch such a tragic and sad story be told in such a magical “Disney” way. There’s so much about Saving Mr Banks that makes it unique and a cut above the rest. Not only does the story hold truth, engage the imagination and touch the heart but the acting is truly outstanding with cast and crew delivering to achieve such a great end product.
“It’s Mrs P L Travers” she instructs many times, and it’s this extraordinary yet classical “posh” British woman we follow, as she battles to keep her much loved Mary Poppins being turned into one of Walt Disney’s “silly cartoons”. Mrs Travers (Emma Thompson) is the author of the famous Mary Poppins however trying to keep a twenty year old promise to his daughters; Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has two weeks to convince her to let Mary Poppins flourish on the big screen. In 1961 after a twenty year history of constant and firm rejection Travers has no choice but to fly to Walt’s studios in Los Angeles as the battling author faces rough financial difficulties. In the hope of retaining his promise and the rights to such a classic book Walt Disney pulls out all of the stops, presenting a number of colourful pictures, toys, tours and musical performances but the non-budge author suggests “Mary Poppins isn’t for sale and she certainly does not sing!” It is then at the end of those long-winded two weeks in the rehearsal room, that we alongside Mr. Disney begin to realise that the magical nanny means more to Travers than could have ever been thought.
As Travers is forced to reflect on a rough childhood haunted by her beloved drunken father (Colin Farrell) Walt Disney gives her the chance to finally have the happy ending she dreamt of, for not only herself and Mary Poppins but for her father. It’s within Travers own story that Mary Poppins is created and it’s the flashbacks of Mrs Travers childhood that really makes the story heart-warming and that lump in your throat ever much present. Colin Farrell plays his role as Travers’ father unbelievably well, giving an amazing performance that makes you smile yet at the same time in your eyes tears still seem to glaze over. Although just having a co-star role his performance was by far the stand out in my view. Whilst there is a sad undertone to the story there are many of laughs too, something i admired about the film is the balance between the two. Travers although maybe being stereotyped too much has great dialogue throughout; likewise with Walt himself, as the two start to find each other a little too overwhelming it leads way for some comical frustrated mutters. My favourite humour providers however are the Sherman Brothers (B.J Novak and Jason Schwartzman) as they battle to not only make Mary Poppins sing, but to make her sing made-up words. They hide “superfragicallistic” from Travers after she states “responstible? Responstible isn’t even a word, un-make it up”. It’s hard to fault the script of Saving Mr Banks at all, with every single syllable seemingly fitting into place perfectly and suiting each and every character.
The portrayal of Walt Disney from the film itself and Tom Hanks is good; however a few lines do make the idolised figure seem rather shallow. He is funny, sarcastic but most of all caring and I couldn’t have pictured anyone but Tom Hanks playing the role. I do hope Saving Mr Banks holds a lot of truth to its story as the history of Walt Disney himself is told as he speaks of when he was just a boy with a sketch of Minnie delivering newspapers for his father. It’s the belief you have that the story is true that amplifies the magical feel to this film, and when it concerns the “magical Disney feel” you couldn’t obtain more if you tried.
The score by Thomas Newman is entertaining and utilising, making real use of engaging the classic Mary Poppins original scores into the story. Saving Mr Banks has a habit of engaging and linking ideas together as many links are used throughout on several occasions not only linking fiction to reality but past to present. It’s a film that is well adapted too; the humour and puns alongside the story can be enjoyed and felt by everyone even if you haven’t seen Mary Poppins. Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith should be given huge credit for their ability to not only adapt this film so well, but to present it to make it so understandable and heart-felt.
The marketing and advertisement campaign hasn’t really done Saving Mr Banks justice as for me this is possibly one of the best films of the year. The execution from story to performance is phenomenal. Travers’ father explains in the film “this world Ginty, it’s just an illusion”, and in some ways if you see past what could have been a generic Disney feature, you then realise that this film is about more than the creation of Mary Poppins and Walt Disney’s and Mrs Travers battle, but their struggle and grit to hold onto memories and people. It holds real heart-warming tales and relationships in the most unlikely of places, it’s an Oscar winner and a must watch certainly.
Just before I review Se7en the next film on my list, I thought it would be good to analyse Fincher as an auteur and pick out a key trademark in between my reviews. So here is my first obvious and somewhat brutal trademark of Fincher – his absolute expressed hate for women. Now thinking back to any films in general that you’ve watched it is a common occurrence to have a woman playing the damsel in distress and for her to get injured and hurt, but it seems that Fincher goes that little step further in ALL of his films to get across the message that its males that dominate society.
His first major film whilst being in the prestigious and important director’s seat was Alien 3 (1992) where he first instigated this hatred for women. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crashing onto an all-male prison island is completely isolated and is in a society completely dominated by men. She is stripped of her femininity by appearance and is treated poorly as she is undermined throughout. She is the only female character in this film and despite battling this Alien creature showing some signs of strength she is at threat to male dominance constantly. The ending of the film despite a heroic sacrifice by Ripley shows that she didn’t win her battle as she leaps into a pit of fire not only killing herself but the unborn queen alien. The overall message of the film seems to sum up that a male’s world is brutal and violent, when women simply enter this world they can’t win, they’re hopeless. It might seem much read into and a vague judgement, or maybe it is all just a coincidence?
Se7en (1995) Fincher’s second most popular film, it follows similarly the same idea of Alien 3. In the criminal world it is dominated by males, there is not a single female police officer or woman with a high-status or role within the film. Once again this male dominated society is absolutely brutal with murders and serial killers, something a woman surely couldn’t handle? – Well according to Fincher. Detective Mill’s (Brad Pitt) wife is the main female character within the film; we only see her do one or two things throughout? And one is occupying that feminine role within the kitchen as the men do the hard gritty jobs. In the final scene as none of us can surely forget, we see her head in a box as John Doe completes his final sin. Completely uncalled for, no reason whatsoever that she was killed other than to fulfil John Doe’s plan. However and despite this coincidence again, just like Alien 3 our only female main character is dead and can’t survive in this male dominated society.
The Game (1997), it is a strange film to say the least as most characters play a double-role, one in this fake world “the game” and the other in real life reality that doesn’t become too clear till the end. Our main protagonist is a man who is in the business world and once again no female characters are competing in this society, males dominate completely. The main female character is Christine and even though she is playing her role in “the game” she is presented as highly promiscuous, deceitful and manipulative. Even after the game has finished she still retains no power what so ever in this world.
Skipping Fight Club (1999) as the film itself presents too many things to even contemplate thinking about and looking into we jump to Panic Room (2002). A criminal world is again laid out for us, one dominated by males. The story plays very much to the damsel in distress stereotype; it labels our two female characters as weak and vulnerable for the majority of the film. It sets up this world where our main character Meg is in an absolutely fragile state recently divorced, an alcoholic (by the first two scenes) and relying on money from her ex-husband she is totally dependent. Alone and in charge with responsibility this brutal male world victimises her and her fragile severely diabetic daughter. Burglars, part of a criminal world (male dominated) break into their house and take advantage. Okay okay, two get killed and the other arrested as the female characters fight back however throughout the film they are vulnerable and still dependant on males. The daughter’s life is saved by the burglar and the intervention of Meg’s ex-husband causes helpful delays. The main message though is that women are inferior to males in society.
Finally, as if I carry on much more the term “male dominance” may become somewhat hypnotising I shall skip to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) a film actually based on book that was once drafted “Men who hate women”. We follow a male journalist who’s in an industry that has become very financial and business like, once again something that women can’t handle. The only professional woman in the industry is his boss, who rather unprofessionally he has an affair with. Our main female character is a subject of constant pain that is inflicted by males. A rape victim, and a sufferer of a hard life due to her abusive father she becomes a private investigator. Again isolated, socially and physically. Everyone who she reports to for either governmental or occupational reason is a male and one who eventually rapes her. The story itself follows a criminal case that investigates a series of murders where young girls and women are victims of brutal killings and rape. In the end of the film there is a happy fairy-tale ending set up as our main characters journalist Mikel and private investigator Lisbeth seem to be in a relationship, however as Lisbeth goes to meet him she witnesses him with his boss, riding off with her dreams dashed and once again alone in this male dominated world the film ends.
This is just all analytical reasoning, but it seems fair to say especially from my perspective that David Fincher likes his films to show male dominance and to play on the stereotype that it is females that need saving. Obviously this is a very controversial look, but nevertheless one that I am currently studying and that see quite frequently appearing and popular. Next time you watch a David Fincher film, future releases such as Gone Girl maybe? Or just an old classic bear in mind this trademark and see whether it fits.
Everyone’s thoughts and opinions? Discuss.