I have had a couple of people I know fairly well tell me this movie was very good indeed, and one of them was once intent on never seeing a movie that wasn’t spoken in English. I as well found this movie very good, even though at some points the actors where speaking to quick for me to keep up with the sub titles!
I am not used to Swedish movies, nor there language, yet so many words sounded like English pronunciation’s, it did make it a little easier on the ear, until as I have already mentioned a couple of the actors started talking to quick for me to keep up. Although those not use to it like me I would hope like me will enjoy this movie for it’s quality acting, and the way it was directed.
I usually steer clear of European sub titled movies as I usually get bored about twenty minutes in, and end up giving up on the movie in question, but this movie has an edge over them, and I would think this is why it got into American cinemas.
The plot! Of course I will not give to much away! A reporter who is found guilty of apparently falsely accusing a politician has six months to figure out a forty year old mystery of an apparently dead relative of a big family who hate each other before he serves his three month sentence. Was she killed, or wasn’t she? If so who was the person who killed her? You the reader of this review will have to watch the movie to find out!
The reporter is Mikael Blomkvist, he is told he will be paid handsomely for figuring out what has happened to the long lost, or murdered relative of the Vanger family. He has help from someone spying on him, who indeed is a troubled soul. She is our female star Noomi Rapace who plays Lisbeth Salander, and indeed the girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The scenery of course was nice to watch, and some just normal train stations which didn’t look so good. So you do get a mix of urban, and rural settings. Its scenery was well shot, and made me feel like wanting to go to that part of the world, or made me feel like I was there. I really do want to visit that part of the world now, which I guess is a bonus for the tourism industry if a movie like this can make its viewers want to vacation in the part of the world the movie is shot in.
Indeed it is a who done it, just like inspector Clueso, or the game Cluedo, but with a very distinct twist. It also has a twist or two in some of the relationships between some of the characters, but again you will have to watch the movie to find out which ones.
There is some very violent scenes. Very violent sexual scenes that most people may not be used to, so please be warned that it isn’t all just two people trying to figure out the outcome of one persons life, it does come with violence, and people coming to terms with their own lives which makes this movie much more interesting, and exciting to watch.
This movie held my attention all the way through, and for one hundred, and fifty two minutes of viewing time I was surprised I didn’t get up at least once. The extended version is one hundred, and eighty minutes, so if you feel like sitting down for a full three hours then maybe the extended version is for you. I could not sit all the way through if I watched the extended version, but I guess that is what the pause button is for!!!
There wasn’t really any characters out of place that made this movie awkward to watch for me, but some of the scenes are disturbing, and I am glad the producers, director, and editors of this movie didn’t hold back, because if they had of held these scenes out I do not think it would of kept true to the characters personality leaving them out.
I am looking forward to seeing the movies that follow this, and to see how the girl with the dragon tattoo fairs out in her life. I am now a fan of this movie, and give it a very strong eight and a half out of ten. The only reason it doesn’t get a ten is because I wasn’t really happy with having to read to quickly to try and keep up with the sub titles. But please watch this movie as it is worth trying to keep up with the sub titles.