Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I went to the movies tonight with my friend Judy at the local art theater, the Pickford, to see the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This was an exceptional film, one I highly recommend, if you are willing to see a Swedish movie with subtitles, one that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

The movie is made from the first of a trilogy of novels written by Steig Larsson, a Swedish journalist who wrote three novels about these characters before his death in 2004, which were unpublished at that time but now have become best sellers. The three movies were also made in Sweden and star Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, the two main characters. I understand that the next two films also feature the two in them, and I can only say that they are brilliant in these roles.

I especially loved the character of Lisbeth, a brilliant Goth-type young woman who is incredibly talented and bright and who was mistreated in her early years but finds ways to make her torturers pay that were very satisfying, especially after watching her suffer so terribly at their hands. The movie did have some very difficult parts to watch, but I have to say they were all worth it. By the time I was at the end of the movie, I can hardly wait to see the next two movies, as I am sure they will just carry these characters forward a little further in their lives.

I understand that this film earned a very favorable Rotten Tomatoes rating (85% fresh, this link will take you to the latest reviews of the movie). I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly, although now that I've seen it once, I think I would enjoy it much more on a second viewing, since the suspense, which is totally convincing, would be much easier to bear knowing the outcome. If you see it, let me know what you think!


  1. I have read the first two books and am awaiting the third, which is due out next month. I have pre-ordered it.
    I loved the books, but I'm hesitant to see the movie. As I described on a blog, these Scandinavians like their bloody murder. I have my own mind movie, and that's bad enough!
    I have been hooked on murder mysteries by writers from the Norselands - Sweden, Norway, and I just finished one by an Icelandic author. They do all have bloody murders and middle aged detectives with lots of personal baggage.

  2. I haven't seen it, although it's been out on dvd here for a while (the 3rd movie hit the silver screen a month ago). I'd actually rather read the books first for once!

    My mom was very disappointed in it... she devoured all three books and then asked us to go rent the dvd for her (astonishing as she cares little or nothing for movies), and then said she wouldn't bother with the other two, that it was just terrible.

    Some day I might see them... once I've decided what language to read the books in! :p

    Oh, and apparently the author's companion has expressed some reservations as to how the movies were adapted, something about them not being as faithful to the source material as they should have. But it's out of her hands and in the hands of his father and brother because he didn't write a will to leave it all to her... Their own life reads like a film noir!

  3. I am not able to remember when the last time was when I actually went to a movie but I think it was about World War II and I took my son along who was still in high school.

  4. Did you go on my recommendation D-Jan? I am so glad you enjoyed it. I have yet to see it. I have read the first two books and will read the third when I can get hold of it. I haven't seen it here in America, although it is all over Europe. I have seen the first two books here, but the front cover designs are awful, not a bit like the ones I have on my books. I doubt anyone would read the books having seen the covers here. I do recommend the books though. The first two are extremely well written, despite being translated from the Swedish.
    Blessings, Star

  5. Hmmm. As far as I am concerned, the movie has 2 strikes against it:

    1. I hate to read subtitles, and

    2. I hate disturbing topics.

    My cup of tea is more like the movie I saw on Sunday: The Blindside, starring Sandra Bullock. It is a true story, which I loved. A real feel-good movie that I recommend highly.

  6. Sorry!!! I didn't mean to sound so harsh!!!

  7. Okay, I've passed by the two books upteen times; I'm going to have to just break down and buy them. I don't know if I could watch the movie since I'm the type to stick my head under the covers. I always appreciate your movie reviews. I'm glad you had fun!

  8. Sounds good. When given the choice between a foreign film and the Americanized version I will always chose the foreign film. My favorite version of La Femme Nikita is still the French one.

    Thanks for the recommendation DJan. I hope you had a great hike today, the weather over this way has been wet and cool.


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