HMT Movie Club: Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

I am very sure you have heard of ‘The Millennium Trilogy’ by Stieg Larsson which has been translated from Swedish to many other languages. The theme of the trilogy seems to be about sucky men who have a psychopathic hatred towards woman, and the shit that they do to to each other, for justice, or for fuck’s sake.

The Swedish version of this film was pretty fucking awesome, how about this international version which stars the Bond guy Daniel Craig and a lesser known Rooney Mara???

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is an English-language drama/thriller film directed by David Fincher, adapted from Stieg Larsson’s Swedish-language novel of the same name.

The film stars Daniel Craig (yea, the bond guy) as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and tells the story of a man’s mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 40 years, and who may have been murdered.

Girl With Dragon Tattoo is a whopping labyrinth of 158 minutes, and yet the film didn’t sacrifice any major events of the book.

Within this crazy labyrinth lie murder, corruption, family secrets and the inner demons of the two unexpected partners chasing the truth of a 40-year-old mystery.

Mikael Blomkvist is a financial reporter determined to restore his honour after being convicted of libel. Engaged by one of Sweden’s wealthiest industrialists, Henrik Vanger (played by Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer), to get to the bottom of the long-ago disappearance of his beloved niece, Harriet – murdered, Vanger believes, by a member of his large family – the journalist heads to a remote island on the frozen Swedish coast, unaware of what awaits him.

Soon, Blomkvist, held back by his limitations, tracked the disturbed but genius hacker Lisbeth Slander to aid him in his mission. We can expect to get more curious about Lisbeth Salander’s  background, and that, will be addressed in the next 2 sequels.

As a fan of the Millennium Trilogy, I didn’t think that this International version might be any better than the original Swedish one, but just sitting through the opening sequence alone, featuring the abstract and putrid ferro-fluid coated main casts is like an open declaration that this version just isn’t about bigger budgets, it is about an expanded storyline that the Swedish film didn’t have.

I also feel that it is easier to understand the storyline from this film.

The biggest question is, Who is a better Lisbeth Salander?

I am actually very surprised that Rooney Mara who isn’t an A-list unlike Daniel Craig did a VERY good job as the disturbed & punk titular character, Lisbeth Salander.

In fact, her Lisbeth had more emotions, displaying her acting skills, but this is the same factor that divides the fans of Lisbeth. Some believe that she should be emotionally detached completely like how Noomi Rapace portrayed.

Well, I would say it is easier to understand Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth, but I prefered Noomi Rapace’s swagger.

Everyone’s raving about Rooney Mara. Why? You should listen to her super-accurate Swedish accented English. She pierced new holes in her face and body for the role, and that includes a nipple piercing. That is a A-list dedication for acting.

Not forgetting the charming Sweden Winterland. I cannot wait for the sequels to come out, even if you might have watched or read the Swedish Millennium Trilogy; you NEED to catch GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO in all good cinemas from 2nd January.

©2011 Heavy Metal Tribune | CynnedCynner

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