The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of three part Hollywood adaptation of the book written by Stieg Larsson The Millennium  Trilogy. There has been a Swedish adaptation.

The story setting is Sweden. Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate into the disappearance of Henrik Vanger grans-niece Harriet in 1996 in their island home. Mikael is the discredited publisher of Millennium magazine, Henrik is the retired CEO of Sweden’s most powerful business. Mikael was hired by Henrik to do the job after he was investigated and cleared by Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is an investigator with very good computer skills and with a troubled past. Her legal guardian blackmail Lisbeth into abusive sex but eventually backfired when Lisbeth filmed him raping her and Lisbeth blackmailed him back.

Mikael turns to Lisbeth for assistance on the Harriet case. They figured that Harriet was probably killed by her Martin who is now the CEO of the family business. Mikael goes to Martin’s house, Martin confessed to raping and killing women and was about to kill Mikael when Lisbeth showed up and attacked Martin with a golf club. Martin escaped by car, followed by Lisbeth on her motorbike; Martin had a car accident and died in the accident.

Mikael found Harriet living in London under an assumed identity.

The film is great in every aspect. It is brutal and violent but it is very engrossing. Each character is very well-developed, cinematography is fantastic and the script is well written. There is no dull moment in the film. The movie is great suspense-mystery film; it is brutal yet it is captivating and entertaining.

Daniel Craig played Mikael, and Rooney Mara played Lisbeth Salander. She played the character very well but comparing her portrayal with Noomi Rapace in the Swedish adaptation, I like Noomi Rapace better.  Mara’s portrayal is more humane, innocent and sympathetic while Rapace is a lot more fierce and more psychotic.

Overall, the movie is very good and recommended.

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17 Responses to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  1. Libra says:

    I went to see both Swedish and American version and I think I like the Swedish version better. Noomi Rapace is better as Lisbeth Salander.

    • Sachin says:

      I feel the same way. I haven’t read the books. But, I love the Swedish movies atpadations. All 3 of them were good. I kind of worry what america is going to do. We tend to butcher stories sometimes. Lisbeth is a great character and the actress that play her was great. It is going to be hard to top the original actress.

    • Vali says:

      I love Rooney as Lisbeth, and yes I have seen the Swedish version of the film. This one was ditcered better and just better paced. But I just love the way David Fincher does all his films. The only thing I hated was the ending. Austrailia wasn’t even mentioned. Other than that, the movie was great. Mara was a great Lisbeth.

  2. Sandy says:

    Somehow I like the Swedish version better although this one is more polished.

    Love the movie a lot.

    • Tsukasa says:

      I haven’t seen the movie or read the book but I’ve read some reviews and I don’t usenrdtand why anyone would want to watch a movie with such appalling violence against a woman. A healthy man or woman should be repelled by this and it only serves to feed the sick minds of evil men who enjoy hurting and humiliating women. Why, as women, or a man who doesn’t hate women want to support this with their dollars? Why support more ugliness in this world? Can you explain to me? Thank you

  3. Movie Girl says:

    Like Noomi Rapace’s version better as the tattooed girl.

    • Mahmoud says:

      Lisbeth is the glue that makes you not wnntiag to put the book down. I am glad that the movie gave the book justice.

      • Kathrin says:

        The original torligy was all there needed to ever be. I never was comfortable with subtitles until these movies, yet somehow it all worked. I enjoyed the first so much that I watched the other two the same weekend. If Hollywood needed to do something with these films, they should have bought them and simply dubbed them using the original cast. The production values were already there. I think we are sophisticated enough to deal with fresh faces on the screen. Isn’t that how new Stars are born?

        • Deepak says:

          Meredith,One of the main themes of the books/films (the Swedish films at least. I cnoant comment on the Hollywood remake) is that yes, there is violence against women. But Lisbeth Salander is a woman who refuses to be a victim to this violence anymore. There is a line in the second book that describes Salander as The woman who hated men who hate women. I really have never read a more pro-women book in my entire life. It’s about finding the strength within yourself to overcome a society that is so condition towards violence, and as a woman that is huge for me. Really I think you should give it a shot before passing such judgements on truly important and powerful work.

      • Radhe says:

        there is no subculture It may be that the sqaeurs (job holders, tax payers, believers (God and Nation), prayers (Tim Tebow), traditionalists, are now the subculture. Or if not yet, very, very, soon.PSWasn’t the original Lisbeth Salander quite all there needed to be – the actress was splendid in that part. I’ll be surprised if the knock-off comes anywhere near the original girl with the dragon tattoo.

  4. Movie Fan says:

    I love this movie, I hope it wins some awards.

    • Nagraj says:

      I am asnumisg you did not read the books before making that statement. Lisbeth is not a lesbian. She is someone who does not consider it important to define her sexuality, someone with no hangups whatsoever.

    • Marcella says:

      “I don’t dare think about the Oscars and all that. It’s too far away.”Much ceoslr than you think!

  5. Star Q says:

    It is hard not to compare the Swedish and American adaptation. The Hollywood version is much more polish although I lie the Swedish version better. It is raw and much more watchable, the Hollywood version is almost too polished.

    • Kalbo says:

      Me thinks the same, the Swedish version has more character.

    • Thomas says:

      Have read the books. And i’ve also seen the swedish moevis adaptation. The books are reallly good. And so are the moevis. Lisbeth Salanders is one of the most interresting female character i’ve seen on the screen.So much so that it made me wonder why an american remake was being made.I expect Mr Fincher will have done some changes from the original storyline Let’s hope that it will be as good as the original I, for one, have my doubts

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