“What is hidden in snow. Comes forth in the thaw.”
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Going into the movie, I already knew the storyline as I had seen the original Swedish film. Here is a shot of the film poster which looks pretty cool:
(Note: The translation on the poster reads “Men Who Hate Women” – a main theme in the film).
With that being said, I’m very glad to have seen the original Swedish adaptation before seeing this American version. Why?
There are things that were more subtle in the original film that gave me an appreciation for the director’s style and tone. And, comparing that here to David Fincher’s work really gave me a new perspective. All in all, I would say the storyline and its characters remained the same in both films – it was just the subtle differences in interpretation and presentation that gave each film its unique identity.
To be honest, there were a couple small details that I didn’t quite understand in the Swedish film (maybe subject to interpretation) that came out in the American version. Though, having seen both films really gave me a higher appreciation for the different styles among the two directors.
As for the book itself, I have not had a chance to read it. And, I wonder how it compares to both films.
(Note: For those who have read the book, it would be great to hear your thoughts on how it compares to the films).
Getting back to the movie, this is really one for those who have an appreciation for thriller and mystery type of films. And, I’ll be totally frank – this movie is not for everyone. There are some shocking and “in your face” type moments which may not be well received for the faint of heart – this is definitely not one for the kids.
(Note: For those who have not seen the films or read the book, I’m not going to go much into detail with the storyline as I don’t want to ruin it for you. Though, I will say – it’s best suited for those who enjoy the mystery and thriller type of genre).
Though, if you do enjoy a good mystery thriller – I do recommend this one.
Happy movie watching!
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