Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

OK so I don’t really post movie reviews here so this will be a first..Also before You continue to read I will warn you there are little spoilers in my post so if you have not seen the original movie trilogy of the Millenium Series a.k.a The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest and the American remake of the same movie..

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Ok so this past week as a gift some family surprised me with a trip to the movies which I have not done in a long time…I mean looooong time. I’d really wanted to go see the new movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

I had seen the original trilogy that came out in 2009 with Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist so going in to see this remake I knew the whole story and exactly what was going on.

Fist off here is the trailer for the original

and now for the U.S remake

If you are not aware the movie/ movies are based on a trilogy by the author Stieg Larsson who passed away in 2004.

Here is the official book blurb from the authors site

“Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.

Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.”

As I mentioned seeing the original trilogy and having read the books I will say that sadly after anticipating this release I am a bit dissapointed. Not in the acting of both Rooney or Daniel but in how they did the movie.
When I first heard about the remake I was surprised they had not mentioned anything about films 2 or 3, now I know whey. There won’t be any.

They writers of this new movie decided to put in most of the plot from the first book which is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and squish in bits from The Girl who Played With Fire and The Girl who Kicked The Hornets Nest. It all seemed so hurried and so easily resolved. Too easy..

That is so wrong in every possible way. If you are remaking a movie do it correctly. They tried to shove 3 movies into one and call it one…People who have not see the original or read the books will not know that this has been done. I hate when foreign films are redone for the American market are butchered even when they are not meant to be.

Daniel and Rooney did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. It takes a lot to take on a roll like Lisbeth and a film like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo…

By the end of the movie I walked out disappointed because they could have done this right andf done it well. Not what they had done. If you are saying, but Savannah they were not trying to copy the original movie they were doing their own version. My answer is..I know, but at least do the movie justice. Honestly you know many people are not willing to sit and watch a foreing film and read subtittles or whatnot.

Honestly are you willing to? Me yes, and I have done it on many occasions, one in a theater and the rest with DVD’s I’ve watched. I think the fact that we don’t feel like sitting and reading subtitles makes us miss out on a lot of amazing stuff, but that is a whole other blog post…

Would I see the movie again? I’m not sure..This movie is heavy in the content it deals with at times, but it also missed out and lacked something that could have made it truly an amazing remake.

I do recommend you go and watch the original trilogy, yes it has subtitles but it so worth the time sitting and watching/ reading it…

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