The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) threatens her new legal guardian (Yorick van Wageningen)

The first thing you notice about this film (interesting also because Daniel Craig is in it) is the James Bond-style opening sequence. Only instead of beautiful girls, here there are male and female heads exploding after being punched. Nice..

The ‘Girl With A Dragon Tattoo’ novel by Stieg Larsson (and it’s sequels) are a literary phenomenon, one which I have so far managed to avoid. Partly because of the book’s popularity and also because this is a remake for a Western audience of the original Swedish film – I assumed that this would be average at best. However it’s actually a very good film, dark and multi-faceted with characters painted in shades of grey rather than the standard Hollywood template of just black and white. It only suffers slightly from it’s literary origins : the plot is over-complicated and it can be hard to follow at times.

Undoubtably the best thing about the film is the eponymous heroine herself : Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). She exudes charisma, almost by way of having none. She is thin with piercings, resembles a drug addict and is also something of a sociopath. So not your typical Hollywood heroine then. Skilled, strong and vulnerable (there is an uncomfortable rape scene), she holds your attention in every scene she features in. Daniel Craig also deserves a mention. He puts in a very good but understated performance as Mikael Blomkvist, the disgraced journalist who employs Lisbeth as an assistant during his investigations into a potential murder.

A very good film, and all the better for it’s Swedish origins. 7/10

1 comment
  1. CMrok93 said:

    It’s certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there’s no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it. Good review.

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