Movie in Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The text, Swedish version and American version all have proven gripping and suspenseful. The Milenium triology does not disappoint – no matter what medium.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is about an investigation in Norway by famous journalist Mikael Blomkvist and misfit, hacker and state ward Lisbeth Salander.

The latest film interpretation of the first book is a phenomenal film that will leave you wanting more. The film features Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Grey skies and crisp cinematography set the mysterious setting. The film follows the book incredibly well. Craig and Salander work very well together – transferring the characters personalities with great accuracy.

Even for those unfamiliar with the novel, the film is full of suspense that keeps the audience glued.

The book and film are very straightforward. They touch upon sensitive subjects and declining morals. Deceit, murder and rape are found scattered throughout the pages and scenes.

The screenplay of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is slightly uptight. The 2009 Swedish version, which is available for streaming with subtitles on Netflix, is also a fantastic watch, it is more free flowing.

The characters in the 2011 version do seem more developed. Their appearances seem to match their personalities much better. Mikael’s initial journalism controversy and personal affairs are touched on in greater detail.

Aside from some slight changes in end, the 2011 film is a must see for those who read the book, watched the 2009 version or looking for a modern day mystery full of suspense.


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