For weeks leading up to the release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I had been stalking my favorite movie theatre’s website waiting for pre-sale tickets to become available. Finally last week I found tickets for a showing last night – a day earlier than the national release of the movie! While this isn’t a movie review blog by any means, I thought I’d share my brief thoughts.
First, I think it must be incredibly difficult to capture all of the raw emotion that’s available in the book version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’s an incredible story with multi-faceted characters that are had to depict in a movie.
I LOVED Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist. Seriously, one of the things I least enjoyed about the Swedish version of the movie is that Blomkvist is supposed to be attractive and that actor was not. Daniel Craig, however, is incredibly attractive and did a great job playing the part of the dashing journalist.
I liked Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, but I didn’t love her. Truthfully, I thought she looked more hard-core in all of the print ads she did for the part than she actually did in the movie. Through really no fault of her own at times I thought, “Wow, Rooney is so pretty.” No amount of black eye paint could cover that up, and Lisbeth isn’t supposed to be conventionally pretty. Also, Lisbeth is supposed to be filled with hatred because of all of the abuse she has undergone throughout her life, but I felt like Rooney’s version of hatred was more of a blank stare.
I thought this version of the movie did a much better job of telling the full story. My fiance and I watched the Swedish movie together and he was so lost because he hadn’t read the book and the film left out some key plot elements. The American movie does a great job of telling the whole story, and really doesn’t leave anything out. Well, except for one thing that must be watered down for American audiences, I suppose. The guardian in this movie is not a sadist – per the tattoo, at least – and I thought that was an interesting plot point to leave out.
I really enjoyed the first hour of the movie, in particular, in which Mikael’s and Lisbeth’s stories were being told in a parallel fashion. They did a great job building up the suspense until those two met.
Overall, I’d give The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 4 out of 5 stars. It was definitely entertaining and will be a great film even if you aren’t familiar with the books! There is, however, quite a bit of nudity so I’d probably leave the kiddos at home. 🙂
Did you see the film? Leave a comment letting me know what you think!