Tag Archive: Stieg Larsson

Dir. David Fincher
(2011, R, 160 min)

I was curious to see how a distinctive filmmaker like David Fincher would approach The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the popular mystery novel by Stieg Larsson that was previously adapted in the Swedish language by Niels Arden Oplev, whose version I saw when it was released in the US just last year. Not much differently, I’m surprised to report. I enjoyed this new version about as much as the previous version, which is to say, quite a bit. After watching Fincher’s interpretation, I reread my review of the earlier film to refresh my memory, and I find I could lift whole paragraphs from it and transplant them here verbatim, changing only the names of the actors playing the roles. Many of the things that work work in the same way. Some of the earlier flaws are intact as well.

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Dir. Daniel Alfredson
(2010, R, 129 min)
★ ★ ½

I streamed The Girl Who Played with Fire through Netflix, and as soon as the credits started rolling I opened a new tab in Google Chrome to research the film on Wikipedia. I needed a summary of the plot.

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Noomi Rapace, in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Dir. Niels Arden Oplev
(2010, Not Rated, 152 min)
★ ★ ★

Perhaps because I know Sweden mostly as the home of Ingmar Bergman and Let the Right One In, I was expecting something different from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It shapes up as an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-style mystery about two dogged, mismatched detectives going through a cold case to uncover hidden family secrets and a killer still on the loose; but for the graphic sexuality and macabre violence it would be at home on Masterpiece Theater. At first I was disappointed at its conventional nature, but then I went with the flow. I like Masterpiece Theater Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.