Movie Review: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 3.5/5*

I loved the book by Steig Larsson as you have probably read in my other post. I got the movie on Blu-Ray and enjoyed it very well. I had to downgrade the star rating a little because it is in Swedish with subtitles and because I felt that if you had not read the book, it would not have been as good. That being said, the core story to this twisted criminal/police thriller is one of the best yarns I have ever heard spun.

A warning will be given here as to ratings. It is rated an R due to violence, grisly scenes, sex, smoking and other inappropriate things. If you can get past that, you will love the girl with the Dragon tattoo, because she is deliciously vindicitve. Bad guys beware, you are going to suffer. Hard.

The story is about Lisbeth Salander, a 24 year old possibly Asbergers girl with a photographic memory and remarkable computer hacking skills. She has no people skills. I won’t go into the mystery that is the topic of this movie because I do not want to spoil it for you. It is a closed room mystery where the possible murderers were all physically isolated on an island. One of the 20 or so people in a photo taken that day is the bad guy or gal. I like closed room mysteries and this one is good.

The cast is good in this movie version too. Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with Lisbeth is a little ordinary looking for a ladies man, but does an OK job of the role. The casting director got Lisbeth spot-on with the Swedish actress who played her sullen stares to perfection. No names from Hollywood, I think they are all European actors. If you like mysteries and a good tale, and can take some squeamish scenes, you will like this movie. Recommended.

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