Movie Moment: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This film has already premiered in my blip in the ocean but I had to drop a post about it because I actually do believe the film relatively lives up to the hype. I’m a sucker for crime drama and this film is a wonderful contrast to the sequel off-beat crime comedy Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. 2011 ended with a clever array of films encompassing action dramas, heart-tuggers, and seasonal favorites. But this film was at the top of my list…well, this and Don 2, that is 😉

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is the English language film adaptation of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s first installment Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who hate women) in his Millennium novel series. Unfortunately, the series was found after his death in 2004 and began publication in 2005. The entire series has been allotted several awards in its native Sweden and abroad (UK, US). The popularity of the novels abounded into the adaptation of three Yellow Bird films,  Män som hatar kvinnor, Flickan som lekte med eiden (The Girl Who Played with Fire), and Luftslottet som sprangdes (The air castle that was blown up).

The crime series throws together, Lisbeth Salander and  Mikael Blomkist, who inevitably investigate/solve intensive murder cases together. In the last two novels, the two work to find who framed Salander for murder and then try to kill her.

Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate the forty-year disappearance  of a woman and quickly realizes the case stretches beyond an isolated incident. He is then aided in his search by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, and Christopher Plummer

This is actually a film where I am not as familiar with the actors involved. I know very little about the main leads Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. I have small exposure to Craig‘s earlier television appearances but once he entered Hollywood leading man status, I haven’t seen him once. Mara is fairly knew to mainstream and for that I wouldn’t know her (either for being new or in mainstream). She’s appeared in The Social Network and the Nightmare on Elm Street re-make. Christopher Plummer is the most well-known of the actors and I find, he is a true legend, for I am always impressed by his performance or his range in character and project choices. He is an actor I never want to do without and have no doubt brings the proper mystery, transparency and sympathy needed for the Vanger family investigation. The supporting cast, however, is littered with actors I relish to see on screen like Stellan Skarsgard, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic and Joely Richardson. Cushioned by such caliber, Craig and Mara can only shine.

Official Trailer: Dragon Tattoo

Thoughts: This film immediately piqued my interest because of it’s Swedish origins and it’s adaptation from a literary work. It’s a crime drama that brings together two unlikely individuals (a reclusive hacker  with an abusive past and a relentless reporter) and those type scenarios are always fun to watch. Larsson’s trilogy has already been adapted into subsequent films in Swiss and has reached critical acclaim. I can only hope the English version receives half it’s popularity.


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