The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo review...

Just back from seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So deliciously good if you like that type of genre (think Silence of the Lambs meets Agatha Christie). Certainly it is not that heart-warming Christmas tale you’d want to rush out and see with the kids but then again, how many Christmas tales can you really watch before you go a little stir crazy. The movie stayed pretty much on course with the book and only veered off in one part…which, ironically, when I was reading the book I actually thought was going to be how it turned out. If you like the book you will like the movie. And if anyone who reads this blog and has NOT read the book or seen the original Swedish film and does go to see this new movie version, please let me know what you think of it. I’d be interested in your perspective as someone who is a complete virgin to the material. Do not be reluctant to see it because of the length – the two hours and 44 mins simply fly by. Yes there definitely is graphic violence but not nearly as bad as it could have been IMO. You are forewarned…don’t go see this movie if you can’t stomach violence on screen. It may be brief but it is not pretty. I need to make mention of the fantastic opening credits sequence…I was half expecting a Bond film after that montage …and then Daniel Craig shows up, LOL. The music and score for this film was first rate and very well suited tot he movie. I am considering purchasing the soundtrack during the HMV boxing day sale (which runs until late January…how that constitutes a “Boxing Day” sale is beyond me…quidquid)

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  • Current Music: Trent Reznor - Immigrant Song
The movie sounds really good. I'm so glad they didn't mess it up. I can't wait to see it and hear the score. (I'm a big movie score fan.) XD
Actually it is the two songs - the opening credits and closing credits songs, that are so good. Trent Reznor's take on Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" and I'm not sure who the performer was for the remake of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough". Let me know what you think when you see the movie. I loved both versions of these songs.

Edited at 2011-12-25 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the post, everyone saying its really good.....have not read book but BFF did and says pretty much the same as you... not sure if thy said Sil would go to see it...but will give it a go suggestion.....
Oh good...if you see it let me know what you think. The book was a bit difficult to follow with all the characters but you eventually pick it up and remember who is who in the Vanger family. The movie was a bit more forgiving - they reduced a lot of the minor character parts and focused on the main characters which helped a lot.
I just finished watching this movie and liked it.

I liked the movie probably because I like serial killer psyche stuff. I knew Martin killed Harriet when the first family photo appeared but did not know why .... and I did guess how Harriet left the island and that it was probably Anita that helped her to escape but did not guess that Anita was actually Harriet if I did get the characters right.

I did not think the violence was too over the top.

Interested to see the sweetish make.
Yes, I knew Martin would be one of the bad guys. It just seemed so obvious that they were trying to make him look good - you knew he had to be bad in the end. In the book Anita is not Harriet...that is one of the parts where the movie is completely different from the book. If you want to watch the Swedish version I believe it is 'on demand' this month if you get the Movie Network.