Waiting for what felt like forever since we finished the reading the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy, we finally got to see the American version of the movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at Landmark theatres, Olde Town Wadsworth yesterday. And it was definitely worth the wait.
The movie was based on the first of the Larsson trilogy novels and true to the book, the movie follows the book almost exactly with a few deviations to condense it. But even condensed, the movie still ran two hours and 38 minutes. If you do not remember the book because you read it sometime ago, don’t worry, it will come back to you and if you never read a single one of the trilogy books, fret not- you will love it too but if you haven’t read the book, you should mentally prepare yourself for about two or three extremely graphic scenes including a few involving violence towards women. From what I noticed, these scenes are when a lot of the faint of heart audience members used the restrooms or left to refresh their drinks and popcorn. In any case, discomfort of these scenes aside, (which if you read the books you would understand the history from Larsson of Swedish society) you will definitely enjoy this American version of the Larsson trilogy and if you saw the Swedish versions, you will also notice the differences between the two. All in all, a definite watch and as always, I would recommend reading the books first if you can swing it. The movie has scored well among critics and is an 8.3 out of 10, and 70% on critic meters and a “must go” as well. Additionally, if you can catch a matinee over the weekend or a morning discount show, that may be the way to go!
Happy New Year and Happy Movie Watching too!