One of the world’s most popular novels right now is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, along with the other two books that complete a trilogy. Larsson actually passed away in 2004, and he left these three books unpublished, and they are now all catching fire posthumous, which is pretty cool.
Anyways, as far as the movie goes, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a foreign film [Swedish], as the book was written by a Swedish author. There are subtitles, no dubbing, which leave the movies in its pure form for us English speakers, and reading what they say isn’t really all that much of a hassle. The plot: Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. [Written by Music Box Films]
I came into the movie assuming that it wouldn’t live up to the book, as most movies don’t do so when originating from a novel. There is a lot of stuff in this book, none of which can really be left out, hence the two and a half hour run time of the movie. The movie follows the book pretty precisely, but in order to do so, it has to progress quickly, so it is a little hard to really connect to the characters and the story.
The cast does a pretty good job overall, Noomi Rapace playing the tattoo-ed Lisbeth Salander, a pretty strange character, very well, worthy of some recognition. Other than that, there is really nothing that jumps out at me in this movie as being worthy of recognition. Don’t take that the wrong way, though. While this probably won’t [and hasn’t already] won any major awards, there is also nothing that jumps out at me in a bad way. A very solid movie all the way through, very well put together.
If you’ve read the book, I think that this movie will be slightly better to watch as opposed to those who haven’t read the book. It is a good representation of the book, and compliments it nicely. It does it a pretty good justice.
Let me warn you, however, some scenes get pretty graphic and unpleasant. So for those of you that don’t like the idea of non-consensual sex, be prepared.
My Rating [See it, Rent it, Skip it]
Considering that this movie has already come out, I give this a Rent It. But I would read the book first if I was you. It really is a great book, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.