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.…
This review is for the Extended Version from the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!
An exceptional 40 year old murder mystery that encourages the illusion of being just another cerebral whodunit! Then it pulls the old bait and switch and before you know it you're knee deep in a full blown crime thriller!
A slow burn infused with violent scenes that will hit you like a mack truck, knocking you clear into next week!
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.…
There's only one Lisbeth Salander.
I prefer original versions.
I LOVE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
I LOVE THE BOOK
I LOVE THE MOVIE
I LOVE LISBETH SALANDER
I LOVE NOOMI RAPACE
Fantastic mystery thriller. Great story, well acted and directed. Swedish subtitled in English
Extended TV Version
I remained befuddled throughout is film as the code language they were speaking in clearly wasn't intended for newcomers to the franchise. It really would have been improved if I had seen The Girl with the Dragon Tatone before it.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in the millennium trilogy. Tattoo (as I will now be referring to it) is based on a book of the same name. It is the story of an abused orphan who works as a private detective and a publisher that has been convicted of a crime. They end up working together on a missing person case at the estate of a rich excentric family.
The book is an airport book. By that I mean that it is the type story that fills an international flight or great for relaxing at the beach. I of course haven't read it, but I am told that the film is a good representation of…
Excellent story. Not overly cinematic, which gave it the feel of an extended tv drama but the acting saw it through.
One of the few films where I think I might seek out the 'remake' (or rather, an adaptation of the same book) as I have seen a lot of positive reviews for this.
I saw Fincher's first, a while ago. I think they are equally good. This version is actually paced better and the story is told more concisely. Noomi Rapace is awesome. Yet there is more style and suspense in the remake, more moody ambiance. Watch them both.
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…
Stories about women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…