Here’s a change of pace. I didn’t shoot this photo but it’s the only one that can showcase this Slice.
I am totally caught in THE GIRL books. When I found out that all the movies (3) of the series have been made and with the same cast, especially THE GIRL I was breathless with anticipation.
Last week the first movie opened in the US. It’s been around for a year outside America. I could have talked Tuvia into seeing it last weekend, but I knew that it would make its way up here and yes, in fact we were able to see it last night at the Burns, the perfect place for it.
We bought our tickets online and good thing. Even getting there 45 mintues early, before the theater was open, both evening performances were sold out. I got the seats, Tuvia went across the street for the coffee at the Dunkin’ D. and I settled in, waiting…
Last week Lynne, my LA movie bud saw it and reported back that it was violent but worthwhile. So I was prepared to look away. I had seen the poster of THE GIRL (Noomi Rapace’) and heard an NPR interview with her and her director and both sounded great. I was so ready to see it.
Almost finished with book two, I am trying hard to wait for Tuvia to catch up to me. After a few long evenings of reading well beyond my sleep time, I am so hooked with these characters.
So the movie looked great! The visuals of place and the sound of the Swedish language added so much to the my own mind pictures and the characters in the movie also work well with my own visual especially THE GIRL.
BUT…the book is the book and the rich details of life are the treasures offered by the writer, who sadly never lived to see the success of the books or movies from his work.
The screenwriter was challenged by the size and scope of the book to select the material for 2 and 1/2 hours. He opted for the thriller plotline, leaving the book to fill in the life gaps- the day-to-day coffee, the world of the village, Mihael’s inner life, his work, actually him. Bobby recently shared something interesting in our film class- when the title of a movie is a person’s name, that character is probably someone new to us- THE GIRL, with her tattoos, piercings, computer hacking- she is someone new to us.
THE GIRL the center of the movie… in the book… she shares the stage.
I would guess that most of the audience had also read the book and were fans like me. I wonder what my experience would have been like if I came to the movie fresh. THE GIRL is fantastic and story is thrilling, so I like I would have liked it, but the book is, well, a wonderful reading experience and I am so glad I still have more to look forward to. The third and sadly, last one arrives on my Kindle on May 21. I’ll be ready.
We just have a few more days of Slicing. Who will continuing? Tara? Let me know and let’s keep sharing, even if it’s not every day!
Now I am off to shop. I have a pot roast to make for Passover. Enjoy your Sunday!