This is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. I am not going to go through the intricacies of the plot, because it would take way too long, and I’d never do it justice. If you only see one movie this month, see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
It is based on the book by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously along with its two sequels.
The plot is expertly weaved from beginning to end as Lisbeth and Mikael’s stories begin with an unknowing connection on his part, until they come together to solve the mystery. My only complaint is that it’s somewhat predictable in a few places. For example, when you realize that two of the suspects in Harriet’s murder were Nazis, the shocking thing would be if it weren’t one of them. While the who may not have been surprising, what exactly he was guilty of certainly was. Still, no less enjoyable for the predictability.
Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skargard, and Steven Berkoff all give wonderful performances, but Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander steels the show completely.
This movie is intense and brutal. Is Lisbeth actually insane? Maybe, but you really have to wonder where her insanity ends and genius begins, or if they are actually one in the same. At the end, your heart can’t help but break for her a little bit, even if that too you could see coming.
There has been only one other time that I saw a movie and immediately said, “I must read the book.” This one makes two. (The other was V for Vendetta if you’re curious. I certainly hope this will not be as disappointing as the VfV Graphic Novel was.)
One thing that was surprising was how many times their was laughing in the theater. Moments like after Lisbeth has rescued Mikael from Martin and he tells here there is a gun on the table, she grabs it and asks, “May I kill him?” and Mikael says yes. (Trust me, it’s funnier when you’re watching it.) There were quiet a few moments like that, which were nice considering how dark this movie really is.
Rooney Mara and the movie itself should both receive Oscar nominations, and wins in my opinion. I doubt the movie will win. If I were a betting person, I’d say Steven Spielberg’s War Horse will win best picture, but I’ll be pulling for this one.
The sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire is due out in 2013. I can’t wait!
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