I’ve just finished watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read the book before I watched it. Actually it was the book that propelled me to watch it and I have to say like all book/film equations it doesn’t add up due to the time constraints.
In saying that, it wasn’t a bad film. Most of the book was in it with a few tweaking’s here and there to tie up some loose ends that were just too long winded for a film. Graphically it wasn’t as bad as the book. For those who haven’t read it, in a nutshell it’s about a couple of misogynistic a-holes that like to watch women suffer just to satisfy their sick fantasy and prove they’re some what superior (not a fair fight when you tie someone up regardless male or female). Mix in a bit about religious fanaticism, buried secrets and BAM you got yourself a best seller even though you’re dead and in no way will be reaping in the profits (poor Stieg).
Blomkvist was not what I had in mind…he was…less handsome in the film. That’s the problem with putting a face on characters in books. When they come out on screen, they usually disappoint. Lisbeth was pretty good. Though I did expect her tattoo to run down her neck (maybe due to the book jacket cover). They also changed her back story a bit to make her a bit more interesting.
All in all, cheap read and a long movie (literally since it cost about 15 dollars @ Big W or even cheaper at the Book Depository). I’m a traditional good vs. evil kinda person or at least questionable antagonist vs. protagonist. The silver lining here, karma came knocking.
Since Hollywood just had to put their thumb into everything, I wonder how they’re going to screw the remake up or will we be mouth droppingly surprised? In all honesty, Daniel Craig is closer to what I visioned Blomkvist to look like. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.