The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Review

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.

Now this film has been on my want to see list since it was first announced that the remake would be taking place. (I have still not watched the Swedish version which I have owned on DVD since it’s release . . . bad I know!). But anyway I waited for this version to hit the theatres. I have read the book and found it to be brilliant, although difficult to get into. I always find it very interesting to see how they are adapted from page to screen.

In a complex story the film has a very good pace to it, ensuring that we have as much detail as possible. Yet still moving certain things on rather quickly. We get a look into what a horrible life Lisbeth has with a very difficult scene to watch, they really went for it with the rape scene and I think it done the book justice in that sense and rightly it felt awful to see it on the screen.

Mikael was quickly seen heading to meet Henrik Vanger and explain the situation of his niece who disappeared 40 years earlier. Presumed dead and only close family who would be to blame or could have  killed her. This really grips Mikael and he puts everything into the investigation after he starts to figure out things which no one else had noticed in the past.

Lisbeth Salander becomes his assistant in research after he finds out that she done a very impressive yet invasive background check before Vanger hired him. This is when they start working together, Lisbeth is on board as soon as he tells her that he is trying to find a killer of women. Lisbeth has not had the best experiences with men over her short life.

The performances from the different actors really were very impressive especially Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vagner, he really got the character spot on and was truly brilliant in the role. Rooney Mara who is unrecognizable as Salander was incredible and exactly how I imagined her to be. Daniel Craig puts in another good performance as Blomkvist the disgraced journalist, yet his Swedish accent only seemed to last for about four words. While the rest of the characters all kept their Swedish accents. Christopher Plummer was a scene stealer as Henrik Vagner exactly how he should be!

While the ending was changed from the book – this is the only part I find disappointing as I really liked the ending of the book. I have tried not to spoil the major plot and revelations of the film in case people have not read the book. In which case some of the film may seem rather strange due to the fast pace at times. Especially the character build up and background mainly of Lisbeth.

Overall, I found this film to be a very good adaptation of the book and really helped to show how good the story and plot is!

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3 thoughts on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Review

  1. 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. Craig and Mara are great here though and Fincher brings so much more to this film like I was expecting too. Good review Caz.

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    • I have the original on DVD but have not watched it yet. Really should make the effort! Fincher really did surprise me, the opening sequence which I forgot to mention in my review really was bizarre!

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