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.…
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.
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.…
I had heard a lot about this film before the showing, so I came in with great expectations - and boy where they met! I would have to say this is my favorite film of the festival so far! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most visceral and raw films I have seen. Ever. There were moments in the film that left me with an ache in my gut! This Swedish thriller, based on Stieg Larsson’s novel, takes us into the lives of one of Sweden’s oldest and most powerful families, The Vangers, as a disgraced journalist and a criminal hacker are employed by a family member to investigate the disappearance and possible murder of his…
Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth.. no no no no
Spannend... gut gemacht... bringt viel landestypisches Feeling rüber, jedenfalls so wie ich das einschätzen kann. ;)
Der Film ist zwar lang, aber langweilig wurde mir zwischendrin nie - und das heißt schon was mittlerweile.
Decent murder mystery, not terribly original. Stark Swedish landscapes.
Noomi Rapace is the coolest most badass woman ever and outshines Rooney Mara's performance of Lisbeth Salander.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is best watched without all of the Hollywood BS. I loved this film and the two that followed it. It's dark, it's gritty, and it's real. I'd watch it again and again.
After an hour of taut exposition (exposition, all the same) the film begins to soar and show its true effect which is portrayed through the routinely excellent lighting within. The plot is often a little thin even though there are plenty of details to go around but Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander is an unequivocal success and supports any dull moments around her. Yeah, not much to say really, but it's an effective wee piece that builds to one of the most brutally backhanded quadruple-endings I've seen recently.
Es que sí está buena pero no a la vez. Por qué cambiaron la trama tan perfecta del libro?
First film of the year! Keen to see the Fincher version now.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…