Friday, January 7, 2011

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

We decided to go to the movies today. Last year we discovered Stieg Larson's Millennium trilogy, both in book form and the Swedish movie adaptations. So today was the day for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. We enjoyed it so much. The acting was absolutely brilliant.
Noomi Rapace, who plays the lead, Lisbeth, is incredible. Strange to see her in photos as herself rather than Lisbeth, because as you can see, Lisbeth has a rather distinctive image.

What impressed me so much about the Swedish production was that the actors are so un-Hollywoodish. Not all perfect and pretty. Watching movies and TV there are so many characters that are "attractive" but in reality humans come in all shapes, sizes, colours, with spots, wrinkles, hair that won't behave, hair in the "wrong" places, boobs that don't have implants and saggy bits. I think that quirky looking males have more change of success (providing they are talented) than women who aren't attractive. Add that to all of the airbrushing in ads and magazine features, no wonder we judge ourselves so harshly. I could rant on about this topic for ages, but I won't.

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