The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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
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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.
The most compelling and stand-alone of the trilogy. I enjoy the other two but this one shades the others on story terms for me. Sandwiched between Wallander and The Killing, this Swedish film based on the hugely-successful novel really got the Scandinavian screen crime genre moving in Europe. Despite a huge amount of crime/murder mysteries on British television, this still served as a refreshing change. 101% of British shows of the type concentrate on the police procedural side of it, whereas the police barely figure here.
The big draw is of course Rapace's Lisbeth. She is an enigma. The friendship/romance with Mikael is hostile and warm almost concurrently. She holds all the cards there. He is both perplexed and sympathetic.…
Ok. So I know I have done it all backwards. I saw Finchers movie first. Now this. Next week I will probably start reading the book. All I can say to the "purists" out there on letterboxd is that I'm sorry. Anyway. These are my reflections on my backwards journey into these fantastic stories.
This is three hours split into two parts. By doing that we get a lot more of the detail that we don't get in Finchers which is a little scary as I thought that Finchers one was quite detailed. Nystrom as Blomqvist was brilliant and brought a playful nature that Daniel Craig didn't. Rapace brought a hidden tenderness that Mara didn't and the Vanger family seemed…
“Everyone has secrets.”
In what has been one of the most gripping and conceptually brilliant films I have seen in a long time, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ did a brilliant job keeping me hooked through the full 152 minutes with fantastic cinematography and some of the best performances I have seen in a long time.
The Girl with the Dragon tattoo follows Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) a journalist who after having his name tarnished from being set up in a previous media scandal, has now been hired by wealthy man to track down a girl who has been missing for 40 years. Alongside him, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is a brilliant computer hacker with a photographic memory who…
I don't usually like swedish movies at all, and that's why I've waited until now to watch this one. BIG mistake!
I was fucking stunned, the story is great, really immersive, and the acting is more or less perfect. The casting is flawless, the goth/punk style suits Noomi Rapace really well.
Waaay better than the US version; Noomi Rapace's performance was amazing
This is the first movie to make me uncomfortable. I can roll my eyes at silly horror movie violence, but this felt brutal and realistic in parts. I had never really heard of this movie until a friend of mine told me about the books. I'm glad she did.
The acting in this felt subdued and real so no overacting here. Most movies are easy to figure out, but you have to pay attention to this one and I like that. Hollywood should pay attention to this. Oh right they made a remake.....lazy. I have no problem reading subtitles so watching movies in their native language is easy.
The main protagonists were interesting and very different from the clichés I…
Great, stylish, tense
This original version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most compelling and realistic suspense films in existence. It is uncensored, raw, and uncut. Make sure to watch the Netflix extended edition.
The Swedish cast, locations, culture and music all serve the story well. The acting is of the highest caliber you will find anywhere, and the action, sex and brutality move the tension and suspense forward in unexpected ways.
If I had to categorize GWTDT, I would say it's Sherlock Holmes meets Twin Peaks, with a serial killer Psycho kind of twist, and a pinch of Hacker. But it really stands on it's own. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's refreshing, smart, sadistic, seductive,…
Workmanlike adaptation of the excellent Stieg Larsson novel which survives by virtue of the fantastic source material. Rapace makes an excellent Salander. Although the violence and sexual material is excessive, it fits with the material they are given. Recommended.
Slick thriller with an ugly misogynist streak. The over-the-top retribution for sexual violence does not justify the relish with which it is portrayed. The more I think about this film, the less I like it.
Not good as the new one (2011) but I still enjoyed it very much.
Intriguing. The scoring cheapened it.
I thought I was re-watching the first movie of the girl with the dragon tattoo... that I have just made a mistake and forgot the main male character, which I thought was played by Daniel Craig, but was actually someone else... Damn. Was I wrong.
I did like this one a little less. It was less dramatic. For some reason I just though it had a different ending... and then found out the truth... that this one is a Swedish version with completely different cast, the same feeling though... besides some minor facts like the way that the murderer wanted to kill the reporter.
Anyway. I still love this and will see the next parts next. (I also thought that I had to wait for years for other parts, which clearly were already out [in Swedish]). Haha