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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Fabulous!

I had the opportunity of seeing the Swedish film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in its limited release in New York. I had read Steig Larsson's novel, and it is the best books I have read this year. That being said, I must say that the film is much better...
I had the opportunity of seeing the Swedish film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in its limited release in New York. I had read Steig Larsson's novel, and it is the best books I have read this year. That being said, I must say that the film is much better than the book. The Millenium Triology films have been shown on Swedish television, each book being a two-part movie.

Having read that there are plans to remake this as a Hollywood production is a disappointment. Rumored for the part of journalist Mikael Blomkvist are "pretty boys" Clooney, Depp, and Pitt, and rumoured for the part of Lisbeth Salander are Carey Mulligan and Kristen Stewart. After seeing the Swedish version, in my opinion, it would be extremely difficult to see anyone other than actors Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in these roles. The American version would benefit from getting Ms. Rapace to reprise her role as Lisbeth, and perhaps the accomplished actor Viggo Mortensen in the role of Blomkvist.

Like the book, the film contains graphic sexual violence. However, it is not gratuitous, but serves to drive the narrative forward, and to underscore the alarming rate of sexual violence toward women in Sweden, one of the novel's underlying social themes.

If you can find this movie in the theatre, please seek it out. If not, I would highly recommend owning the DVD.

posted by witte59 on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Expected more

I saw this film (in a theater) with someone who hadn't read the book. He was confused, because the movie cuts plot points from the novel, and the story didn't quite make sense. I was disappointed, because they made the story feel workmanlike and obligatory, not suspense...
I saw this film (in a theater) with someone who hadn't read the book. He was confused, because the movie cuts plot points from the novel, and the story didn't quite make sense. I was disappointed, because they made the story feel workmanlike and obligatory, not suspenseful and sexy. Some nice moments, but overall a letdown. I recognize Larsson's shortcomings as a writer, but his novel was "grippy." The movie, not so much.

posted by 752764 on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Good movie but you must read the book

    The movie is good, however I can see people getting confused specially if they have not read the book. Of course the book is so much better, they changed scenes around and some scenes are slighty different from the way is written in the book. They don't mention Millenium, the magazine, nearly as much as they should. They concentrated in Harriet and the Vanger family and left too much out about Wennerstrom. It's hard for me when I have to read the subtitles so I got a bit confused at times, specially because it was very fast paced and it was hard for me to keep up. But none-the-less it's a good movie and it's worth to see.

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