Review - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Yes. I was one of those people who sat at the holiday pool 3 years in a row with a Stieg Larsson book... His story grabbed me from page one. Over part 2 and 3 the tension did not disappear. It grew and as each piece of the Salander puzzle fell into place, you really got close to the characters. Then came the Swedish movies. Personally I really liked part 1, but parts 2 and 3 kind of disappointed me. And then came the US remake. The choice of director was appealing and David Fincher's choice to keep the movie dark and film on location in Sweden attracted me enough to go live the story a third time. For an American movie it does go quite far in setting, darkness and even the sex scenes are not exactly what the American movie audience is used to. I saw the young girls next to me squirm more than once. The story is not a pretty one. Parents, do keep those young ones close. Fincher does a great job. But... the Swedish movies by Niels Arden Oplev were just the tad darker and got closer. In both cases choices have to be made when reducing a large book to a 159 minute movie (which is already longer than your standard 90 minute flick). Maybe somebody will get the idea to create a mini series. Hmm... now... there's an idea... Conclusion: if you haven't seen Men who hate Women, you will thoroughly enjoy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you have... go see Bullhead. You'll like that one too!

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