The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie)

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Steven Zaillian, Stieg Larsson (novel)
Series: Millennium #1
Production Co: MGM
Release Date: 12/20/2011
Length: 158 minutes
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Rating: R

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

I went into this a little wary. I have both read the book and seen the Swedish movie. I was worried when they decided to make an American version, but I think it might be better than both the book and the Swedish movie. Wait! Don’t kill me yet! I’ve always been a big believer in the book is better than the movie, but this is a little different.

I always felt like the plot to the book was solid. It’s what kept me interested. Well, that and Lisbeth’s character. The only thing that I had trouble with was that it was so detailed. It was detailed to the point of driving me insane. I really think a good chunk of the book could have been edited out. Well, in the movie it is! I thought they did an amazing job bringing this book to the screen. It was entertaining the whole time, instead of sometimes boring. There was no dwelling on points that could be made in just a few minutes, and that kept me engaged the entire time.

I was pretty unsure about Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, but he quickly became the character for me. And Rooney Mara was absolutely superb. I think she has Lisbeth down pat. The mannerisms and expressions are perfect. Oh, and Stellan Skarsgard was sufficiently creepy as Martin Vanger. I couldn’t have imagined it any better. In fact, I didn’t think they would use Swedish accents. I was pleasantly surprised when most of the cast actually sounded like they were from Sweden!

I’m actually really excited about the next two films. I love it when bookish movies are done well!

Warning: There are some scenes in this movie that are hard to watch. Not for the faint of heart!

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  1. I just watched this movie for the first time, and I’m glad I waited a little bit. Originally I wanted to see it as soon as I had finished the first book, but there was some spoilers for the second book in the movie that weren’t in the book at all. Also, did it annoy you at all that they COMPLETELY changed the ending?? I guess it was in the interest of time (not having to travel to Aussie, etc etc) but I thought it made it a bit less believable. I was fine with some of the stuff they cut (like all the Vanger history, which was crazy boring & the Mikael/Cecilia romance) but that kind of annoyed me that it changed sooo drastically. I loved the ending though, they did that PERFECTLY. It was THE SADDEST! I can’t wait to see the next one. I haven’t seen the Swedish movies yet, as I figured I would wait until I’m done the trilogy and I still have the 3rd book to read.

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    • Yes, it was definitely interesting that they changed the ending so drastically. I didn’t mind too much, but I wonder where the idea even came from.

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