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.
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.…
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…
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.
I've never seen someone taking "wash your mouth out with soap" so literal
Not gonna pretend, I like the American version better. This is still gr8 tho
Gripping murder mystery story with some strange but interesting characters. Really enjoy the story but some hard to watch scenes.
I've seen this film several times and think it's stronger than the Fincher version. Much of it is actually not groundbreaking in terms of execution, but the film's innovation is in how it makes computers such an essential tool for communicating and staging suspense. Few films before this looked this accurate in depicting an OS on screen, and it's more effective for it.
But for coming out in 2009, the film is ahead of its time in terms of understanding rape culture and how we misplace the blame. "Don't make him a victim," Lisbeth says bluntly after she lets the film's final villain burn. "He was an evil mother fucker who hated women." Simple as that.
Rooney Mara owes Noomi Rapace her career.
mag das versucht wird, eine längst vergange szene nachzustellen
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Having just finished reading the book trilogy, I was finally ready to watch the movies. Even though I read the first book months ago, I held off watching its movie adaptation until I'd finished all the books for two reasons: a) I'm pedantic, and b) I thought this might include the rare case of foreshadowing further installments in the trilogy that I wouldn't have read yet (and I was right).
Watching a book turn into a movie is almost always more satisfying than watching a movie without having read the book first. So I may be a little biased in this review. I loved seeing the characters come to life, even though they all looked different to how I was…
The Fincher version was better.
Dark, intense, and very very creepy.
After I finish watching the sequels, I'm gonna have to see about picking up the books.
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…