Earlier this week, I headed over to the Gateway Megaplex in Salt Lake City, Utah for an advance screening of the new Brad Pitt baseball drama ‘Moneyball’. (While I’d love to talk about ‘Moneyball’ now, I’m under embargo, so we’ll have to save that for opening day.) As the theater darkened, a preview began playing without any notification. No advertisements. No concessions plug. Not even the typical MPAA green band. It took me about 30 seconds to realize what I was watching – the eight-minute long, unapproved-by-the-MPAA trailer for David Fincher’s version of ‘The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo’.
I have a confession to make. I have not seen the original ‘Millennium Trilogy’ films nor read the world-famous books. Because of that, I will not – and, frankly, cannot – describe what I saw. For me, it was a huge plot-packed preview. There’s a lot to take in, especially considering that the story is foreign to me. But what I saw was just enough to reel me in and make me want to watch ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ over ‘Moneyball’.
Some of you may be asking, “Why in the hell haven’t you seen the originals?!” Honestly, when I heard that David Fincher was remaking them, I decided to let his adaptation(s) be my first experience with the material. Even though I have the first two movies and books sitting on my shelf, I’m steering clear of them until I see Fincher’s.
Back to the preview. The intention of this post is not to brag that I saw it, but to alert the die-hard ‘Dragon Tattoo’ fans about its existence. If you manage to get into an advance screening of ‘Moneyball’, there’s a good chance that you, too, will get to see this special trailer on the big screen.
I contacted my regional Sony rep, and he explained that a handful of markets are showing the preview prior to select ‘Moneyball’ screenings. It looks like there’s no rhyme or reason to whether it’s attached or not, but if I saw it (in Salt Lake City, of all places), it’s more than likely that you have a good chance of seeing it too.
Good luck finding ‘Moneyball’ advance screening passes, and keep your fingers crossed that your screening will have the ‘Dragon Tattoo’ preview attached to the movie. While eight minutes may seem like a lot of footage to show, it intelligently reveals little of the plot while introducing the characters very well.
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