Last weekend my husband and I went to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo English-language 2011 movie produced by Columbia Pictures. Some of you may remember that I read this book and did not completely love it (read my review), although I did love Lisbeth Salanger. I went to the movie with some reservations…but I ended up loving it. It is very faithful to the book and, as in the book, Lisbeth (acted by Rooney Mara) stole the show. The cinematography is stunning (the opening title sequence, created by Blur Studio, is amazing), as is the soundtrack. The movie was filmed in Stockholm, Zurich and the United States.
Besides Rooney Mara, who should win an Oscar for her performance, Daniel Craig played Mikael Blomkvist. I ended up feeling exactly the same way about this character as I did in the book – although he is charming, he is actually a bit of a spineless guy who uses women. Of course, that is the whole point of the story – the degradation of women. Lisbeth as the gutsy, strong female lead shows that women do not have to be the “weaker sex.”
Movie goers should be warned – the “R” rating of the movie is well deserved. There is significant violence, including an especially graphic rape scene. The sex scenes do not leave a whole lot to the imagination either. There were moments in the movie where, I admit, I looked away. That said, the movie is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thriller which I will not soon forget.
Be aware – this movie, which is a United States production, is different from the original Swedish version and is not yet out in DVD.
I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie as the movie does leave out certain plot points.