THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: FILM REVIEW

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“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (2011)

Written by Adam Ward

I have a confession to make! It may come as a shock to some of you, but I haven’t read the award winning novel. Traditionalists will be tutting at me for watching the film first I’m sure, but for some strange reason the film has now made me want to read the book.

This film is a Hollywood adaptation of the book, directed by David Fincher. A swedish one was released in 2009 by film production company ‘Yellow Bird’, which is said to be just as good if not better than this one. This is the first one out of the millennium trilogy.

Daniel Craig stars as main character Mikael Blomkvist alongside Rooney Mara who plays Lisbeth Salander aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

This is perhaps not the film to pop along and see with the family, as it is very dark and graphic. I can honestly say I choked on my popcorn a few times, though saying that, it is probably one of the things that made the film so gripping. Instead of the camera panning away for most things too graphic or violent, it stays there for all viewing to really hit the point home.

The story is about a man’s mission (Daniel Craig) to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 40 years. Believed to be
murdered or abducted, this has of course torn apart the family, with anger and suspicion surrounding them all.

Daniel Craig gives his usual flawless performance where he seems so cool, calm and collected despite staring death and obscurities in the face. Though this now must come naturally to him after playing James Bond, as well as a similar character in Layer Cake.

You could say this film is a glamorised version of Cluedo, but it is far more than that. If you enjoy trying to solve a mystery and get your mind
working overtime, this is the film for you. I can honestly say I kept trying to guess who did what, to be proved wrong twice and then find out what I was guessing wasn’t relevant at all.

No surprise why this film has been top of the box-office, as its stellar reputation as a  novel should have made people go and see it. It is not a wasted trip to the cinema, trust me, but on reflection maybe I should have read the book first…

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