I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–foreign movies are pretty awesome. If you’re one of those people who don’t watch them because you can’t stand subtitles you are missing out on a whole wide world of wonderful.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was originally a book written by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It’s the first in a trilogy, and from what I’ve heard it’s very good. After watching the movie I know I’m going to have to read the book sometime soon!
Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev adapted into a movie–in Swedish of course. And wow, is it great. I love a good mystery movie, and this was without a doubt one of the best I’ve seen. I think some of the great old classics like Double Indemnity or The Maltese Falcon might beat it, but nothing made in recent years even comes close.
The plot isn’t really anything unexpected, but it unfolds very nicely and I’m very pleased to say I did not figure it out who committed the crime early on in the movie! A journalist is hired to solve a 40-year old disappearance. The man who hires him suspects someone in his family who was there the day she disappeared. With the help of a punky young hacker chick, the journalist slowly uncovers some truly horrifying crimes.
It is a dark film and I don’t recommend watching it if you’re in a dark mood. The acting is fantastic–Noomi Rapace shines as Lisbeth, the punky young hacker chick. The cinematography, as I’m beginning to expect from Swedish films, is breathtaking. Sweden is a beautiful country and this film definitely takes advantage of that location! The music was good, the film didn’t drag on… really, I can’t say enough good things about this movie. Watch it now, and watch it with subtitles.
They are making an American version sometime soon. Apparently, Hollywood’s latest craze is to take awesome Swedish films and remake them. David Fincher, director of Se7en and Fight Club is supposed to direct the American trilogy. So maybe there’s a chance they’ll be good? We can only hope. Daniel Craig is supposed to be the lead male role, which I can see working out. Carey Mulligan is rumored to be playing Lisbeth, but there have also been rumors of Ellen Page going for the role. Personally, I’d love to see Ellen Page as Lisbeth. In many ways Lisbeth seems like an older version of the character she played in Hard Candy.
If you like mystery movies please try out the Swedish version before the American one is released! I promise you won’t be disappointed.