In the same way that most teenage girls were dying to see the latest installment of the Twilight saga or all those kids who love them some Harry Potter, I have had the same bout of anticipation for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or at least the remake! I actually saw the original film in New Zealand while on vacation, which was way before I’d ever heard of the books or the author. The movie had subtitles, which I’m not usually interested in because I sometimes fall asleep… I just get so relaxed in the dark theater that when you add reading into the mix, it puts me to sleep. Isn’t that why people do it before they go to bed? Anyway, I digress.
The original movie blew me away! I didn’t sleep a wink and I was hooked. I was like a “Twi-hard” waiting for the next two movies to come out, and I have been eagerly awaiting the American version too. But as we all know, we Americans have a way of ruining the original or a book when we remake them, but I am happy to report that I LOVED this movie!
The opening credits montage is beautifully shot and Rooney Mara who portrays Lisbeth Salander is pretty much a bad ass! Her look is severe, but she pulls off the intensity of this troubled, yet intelligent character with amazing power. Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist is awesome as always, I don’t think that the roll was a stretch for him as an actor, but he was great to watch and played the part well.
During the movie I kept trying to remember each and every scene from the original and how the two mirror each other. I am happy to say that David Fincher directed a really stunning movie. The movie is appropriately graphic, it is visually beautiful and intense! The locations are amazing and I can only imagine that the release of this film will inspire and an influx of tourism.
The film is 2 hours and 40 minutes, but I really wanted it to keep going. I was hoping to see a trailer of some sort for the next movie in the trilogy to whet my appetite, but that didn’t happen! I love going to the movies and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo definitely created an extraordinary experience for me!