Saturday, June 5, 2010

the movie with the girl with the dragon tattoo

KT and I went to the Capri Theater in Montgomery last night to see the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (adapted from the book of the same name) and IT. WAS. AWESOME! Hollywood is remaking it right now and I have to be this moment, I'm terribly unenthusiastic about seeing it. The director did an excellent job of condensing the lengthy book into a manageable film that doesn't seem too forced and hasn't sacrificed too much to keep the forward motion going. All the way home we discussed what was included that we especially enjoyed and what we were disappointed was left out and both heartily agreed that enjoyment easily won out over disappointment. I thought the actress playing Lisbeth was PERFECT!

I read some of the less favorably reviews on Rotten Tomatoes just to see what the critics didn't enjoy and for the most part it was the violence and I thought to myself, "Did they even KNOW this was adapted from a book?" and if so, "Did they even bother to read it?". The screenwriters (Arcel and Heisterberg) cut a lot of the violence but left everything that was central to both the plot and the course of the trilogy as well. I look forward to seeing what Sweden does with the other two books in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

1 comment:

Wine in Thyme said...

My mom saw it a couple of weeks ago and loved it. She thought it was very true to the book. She loved the Lisbeth actress. She said at first she didn't like the guy playing news-guy (what's his name?) but he grew on her. I thought he should be a little better looking, but I haven't seen the movie yet, so looks are just part of the overall character. Waiting to get the Hornet's Nest from my mom. Hopefully I'll get to start it next week. Been a kick-ass first two books.