Thursday, August 26, 2010

Let's all go to the movies: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" & "The Girl who played with Fire"


Hey everyone! I know the world has talked about the “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” book & series by the late Stieg Larsson but I’m going to talk about the Movies. I promise there will be NO SPOILERS in this post. I love movies, all types. I especially have a soft spot for foreign films because they do everything. No stone is unturned & sometimes American movies are exactly the same movie done over & over again with different actors but similar plot. Well “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is one of the most original movies I have ever seen.


There are so many plot twists in this movie & surprisingly even with subtitles there isn’t any moment where your like “Huh? Wait hold on a minute that makes no sense?” It’s very easy to follow the turns & you just hold on for the ride. The basic set up of the story is that a girl disappeared for 40 years & her uncle before he dies wants to find out what happened to her. He hires a man named Michael Blomkvist, a journalist to help him solve this case. The girl with the dragon tattoo’s name is Lisbeth Salander. She is a fact checker with a past who had been doing research on Blomkvist & gets thrown into this investigation as well. Not going to lie there are a few parts in the movie, for example a rape scene, which is very raw & brutal to watch, but it all adds to the story. Every scene in the movie has a purpose. There is no marshmallow filler scenes to drag out the content too. Also what’s really cool is that you think you figured it out & BAM nope. It’s a lil like Shutter Island, but way cooler. You are pretty much on the edge of your seat the whole movie waiting for each new scene because you want to know so badly. Her dragon tattoo is also really fucking cool! I give it an A++!!


I luckily enough got to see the 2nd movie too! There is a theater by me that will get those random obscure foreign films that are usually only played in NYC. It makes me happy. I went to see, “The Girl who played with Fire” last week and honestly I liked the first one better, but it was a very successful sequel. The story continued pretty much where the other one left off & what was really cool was it was the same actors as the first. The girl who plays Lisbeth Salander, a Ms. Noomi Rapage, is so badass & just freaking awesome. She is tough & smart & Oooo the twists of this movie will have you go “Omg I totally did NOT think that’s where it was going.” I give it a B+.

I will admit that there are some confusing parts of the second movie. The first one is very easy to follow but the second one they do throw a lot of names at you & a lot of the male characters look EXACTLY the same so it’s slightly all over the place. You really have to pay attention but by the end you know what’s going on. Now….do I read the books?

Of course the movie is going to change some things from the book & the books will of course go into more detail. Life has been so busy lately I have no idea when I’m going to get the time to read these books but it’s definitely on my list! I hope the American version of these movies does butcher the hell out of it or water some of it down too much. Daniel Craig might do a good job as Blomkvist but the girl? Hmmm…she’s got some big shoes to fill. I’m crossing my fingers!


Okay, hope that review was helpful! Later everyone!

15 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

It was very helpful...Thanks for that...I would love to see those movies:)

Kisses,sweetie
Have a sunny day:)

Nitin said...

i loved this trilogy.. awsome one.. lisbeth salander was a work of art :D

Andaje said...

What!! Wait, you haven't seen the third movie?? GOO SEE!!

Compared to my friends, I did not first book until 2½ years ago - but I was immediately hooked. Well having read the books, I was actually missing two very cool "scenes" when watching the movie but was not dissapointed about the movie. Later Swedish television had them on as a mini-tv-series and footage left out in the movie was there (originally only the first book was meant as a movie, the others as a mini-series - but when the first came out it was a huge hit.. making the filmmakers change their mind)..

And casting Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist = goood choice :o)

Rachel said...

I actually haven't read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but as much as people talk about it, I guess I need to check it out. I didn't know it had already been made into a movie either, because I know another movie is being made.

The Zhush said...

Just started reading the dragon tattoo book, I better get moving here! :)

Katy Mary said...

So jealous you saw the movies!! I loooooooooved both of the books I cannot wait to read the final one. I'll have to add these to my Netflix!

drollgirl said...

i am reading the book. hells bells, it took FOREVER to get started! nearly 200 pages! but i have gotten this far, so i will I WILL finish it, and then i will see the movie!

Simon said...

I thought it was a bit boring...a lot of the book's tension came from what was going on in the characters' heads, and that's hard to translate to film, I get that, but still.

Noomi Rapace kicks ass, though. I want her to be in more things. You know she and her husband both changed their names to what they are now? That's just awesome.

Kristin said...

I can't believe how many people have posted about this book and now movies...I need to check them out!

Join the Gossip said...

Thanks for the info on both flicks :)

Madeleine said...

I've read the books, (all 3 of them) but haven't seen any of the films yet, guess I need to get on it!!

I don't know why they don't just cast the same actress in the Hollywood remakes, she speaks English as she certainly looks the part!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have been dying to read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." I can't believe the amount of hype surrounding it! :)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow! I just came across your blog!
Love it!
The pictures are wonderful!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Chessa! said...

I'm going to wait for the new version though I've heard the original is great. Honestly, I tried to read the book while I was on vacation last summer and I JUST could not get into it. I only got about 20 or 30 pages. I might try again but I'm not sure....

katie said...

loved your post. ok, this is too funny- I just posted about lisbeth today. you will appreciate this post:

http://youplusmeforalways.blogspot.com/

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