"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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…
I've never seen someone taking "wash your mouth out with soap" so literal
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.…
One of many other movies that didn't need a Hollywood remake, since they were able to capture plot and characters the best way possible.
After having spent my nights reading the books I was disappointed in mainly one thing after the film: Does Sweden not have more attractive men than M. Nyqvist? I could only see him as the farmer in the "guy in the grave next door" and the conductor in the "AS in Heaven". Why, oh why??? Books are still better, more sidelines, as to be expected but well done otherwise, despite the utter violence in some scenes.
Superior Nordic noir, a dark and compelling plot anchored around Noomi Rapace's crucially fantastic showing as Lisbeth Salander. There's a lot going on and it's a bit relentless at times but overall it's a smart, exciting thriller with a lot of layers and detail.
*Watched the Extended Edition*
A masterpiece. Can't wait to watch the next one. Whether or not this is better or worse than the Fincher film is ultimately irrelevant. They are practically over 95% the same film, in terms of composition and production design. The character of Lisbeth was better here, in my opinion, while I though Daniel Craig was a little better as Blomkvist.
David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo quickly became one of my favourite films upon first viewing back in 2011, and not a year goes by since that I don't take the chance to revisit it. There was just something about it that ticked all the boxes for me. That said, I had heard great things about the Swedish original but never got around to seeing it, despite my love for the American version. I had been holding out to sequel for the Fincher film but sadly it appeared they were never coming, and so it seemed like it was time to watch the Swedish sequels. After all, I knew I'd never find time to get through the massive…
Like many film adaptations of great novels, the film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo falls short. One rule should go without saying: though a book may have a great original story, the film may not play out as such. Either the story was just not meant to be a film or the director/screenwriters do not handle the piece well. In this case, the words on paper end up far more interesting than the film portrayed from the pages.
Normally the film’s best feature over the book is the ability to visualize the unimaginable. Films like Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code bring to life what only the author of the books could ever visualize. The aspect…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There are several suspense and intense scenes in this film that grab my attention to the core and take me deep inside. The performances of the actors, the pace of the story, the narrative, are all the reasons this film is a mind bending thriller. Have I mentioned that I saw this film. The Danial Craig one. This time, it was a little bit dictracting seeing a movie with dubbed voice but nevertheless it still can hold my neck and choke me just like Gottfried Vagner thought his son, Martin, to choke women and recites Bible when he was 16 years old. Pretty sick, huh.
This is a story (spoiler alert) about a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), and…
He was an evil motherfucker who hated women.
thank god Lisbeth Salander doesn't ask for permission to kill a serial rapist and murderer..................
If you're considering watching the bastardized American version, DON'T.
This is the only version that ever should have existed.
All films I've seen from Nordic countries...
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…