Monday, April 30, 2012

Movie Review Monday

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

I didn't read this book.  We had the option to for book club, but I had heard it's really hard to get into.  I don't have time to waste getting into a book.  I have to say, I'm tempted to try and read it after watching this movie.

The opening credits were great.  Nice computer-generated weirdness with great music.  Trent Resnor did the soundtrack.  I like him. 

The film was really good.  It was a bit long, 2.5 hours, but it didn't drag.  There are some scenes that are a bit disturbing, mainly a rape scene, so if you're sensitive, I'm not sure I'd recommend it.  The girl does get revenge, but it leaves your skin crawling.

I'm not sure how much I can tell you about the film.  It's about a journalist, Mikael, who is discredited because he runs a story about an executive who is embezzling without any concrete proof.  He gets a second chance when an eccentric family asks him to investigate an occurrence that happened in the 1960s.  He runs into Lisbeth, the girl with the dragon tattoo, and their worlds collide. 

The only issue I had with the movie was how Mickael became discredited.  My spouse was totally confused.  I know in the book the author goes into lengthy detail about the embezzlement and what happened, but they kind of gloss over it in the film.  The only reason I had any idea was because my friends told me about the book.  That's part of the reason I want to read it.  That, and I'm hoping to get more details about Lisbeth's life.  I want more interiority. 

There are two other films that are supposed to be coming out after this one.  It sounds like the second might delve more deeply into Lisbeth's past.  Should be interesting.  I suppose if I'm really interested, I could always watch the Swedish versions!

All in all, it was an interesting film with a great mystery and fabulous characters.  As I said, there was one pretty disturbing scene, but it's pertinent to the film.  I enjoyed it, and I'll watch the others.

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