Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Based on the Worldwide Best Seller
Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger's niece
The first feature of the Millennium Trilogy, adapted from Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an ingeniously crafted mystery that expertly manages to retain its enigmatic atmosphere, tense feel & disturbing themes from start to finish by presenting its dark story in an unflinching manner and is as merciless as the subject it deals with.
It tells the story of an infamous journalist who teams up with a young, tattooed & wildly eccentric computer hacker to investigate the case of a woman who inexplicably went missing 40 years ago without any trace. But the further they advance with the case, the more they put their lives on risk as the family that employed them…
"He wasn't a victim. He was an evil motherfucker who hated women." ~ Lisbeth
If I had seen this before the 2011 David Fincher remake, I'd probably rate it higher. Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar is a cut above Rooney Mara's. She's darker, crazier, sexier and altogether more the star of this than Mara was in her version. I felt Michael Nyqvist as journalist Mikael Blomkvist was more vulnerable and therefore a bit more believable than Daniel Craig in the part, too. Also, I may be wrong, but it seems this story was a bit fuller than the later production, and certainly the ending gives us a lot more interest in seeing the two follow-up films that are part of the "Millennium Trilogy." Kudos to director Niels Arden Oplev for his BAFTA win (Best Film not in the English Language). Well deserved.
The first installment of the internationally well-received Millennium Trilogy goes by the rules of classic mystery thrillers, but has enough substance and entertainment value to guarantee a suspenseful ride with aggressive material, assaulting imagery and grisly content to attract the attention of foreign masses. Some pacing problems can be found, as the film rushes things and underdevelops certain characters and situations, while excluding others that could only be found in Stieg Larsson's original novel. It shows that it was an adaptation originally planned as a six-episode miniseries, but decided to run theatrically trying to cover "the most important stuff". Nevertheless, the director was lucky enough to handle solid material. Released next to El Secreto de sus Ojos, it was not…
Viewing this swedish version of the source material presents me with a conundrum. I don't think I have ever seen two outstanding adaptations (or an original and remake) be released so close together and both be outstanding films. Personally, I thought REC/Quarantine were both outstanding, but that was more of an american virtually shot-for-shot/why did they even bother? remake type of take. Others would point towards the dual brilliance of the likes of Infernal Affairs/The Departed, the Insomnia films, etc. Picking between the two Dragon Tattoo adaptations is a bit like picking your favourite version of The Office, it's almost impossible. This might in fact become the first franchise ever where I own two versions of essentially the same product.…
ONE OR TWO SPOILERS
Although this is technically a rewatch, this is actually a viewing of the extended version of this film that is basically the mini-series version stuck together in feature length.
As someone who found the original 150 or so minute version to be entertaining but extremely and frustratingly flawed, I wanted to see if the extended version ironed out some of the flaws that I experienced when I watched that version back in 2011. I am planning on watching the final two segments in their extended versions in the next couple of weeks or so, too, although I'm not sure if I can be arsed watching David Fincher's remake of this - despite being a Fincher fan.…
Huh. Noomi Rapace pronounces her name like "sue-me" -- not like "tow-me". I was way off, but she's still awesome as shit.
How I ever could've preferred Rooney Mara to Noomi is beyond me. It may be that Rooney Mara is more conventionally attractive upon first glance, but she's no where near as amazing. And in the long run not nearly as attractive.
Not as good as the American version, nor the book. Occasionally stylish, but too often dreary.
One of the best revenge scenes in the history of the cinema...
loved this movie .. this is what a suspenseful movie should be like
“Everyone has secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are.”
Even though after watching this I realized that Fincher basically reshot this film scene by scene, this is still worth seeing. If you are a fan of the Fincher version, you're going to have to see this to see where he got a lot of his influence. This film is beautiful, and I have experienced this plot 3 times now and still find my mind being blown each time with the final twist. While I still love Rooney Mara's performance more, I have to give credit where it's due -- Noomi Rapace absoluetly slays it as Lisbeth (who is by far one of the best characters in literature/film in recent years in my opinion). I love how this film ended in comparison to Fincher's as well -- definitely give this a watch.
Ah ha! So this is that movie I never watched(until now). I heard the title six ways to Thurday. Saturday wait. But Friday never hesitate.
I'm probably one of the few who prefer the Fincher version.
I'll admit, crime dramas tend to bore me, but I fell a little bit in love/awe of Lisbeth. I still managed to appreciate the twists and turns despite suspecting a few. So really it was the interactions between Lisbeth and Mikael (and mostly Lisbeth herself) that really sold me here. And it's nice to see a thriller this lengthy that I can actually get through.
I don't know if I like it better than the American remake, but this is still a fantastic movie and thoroughly enjoyable.
There's only one Lisbeth Salander.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…