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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
18 October 2013
Excerpt: Unless you’ve been in a cave (or missing) the last several years, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of Stieg Larsson’s series of books. These consist of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (reportedly there’s a fourth book, but Larsson’s girlfriend is holding it until the money is correct).
Excerpt: Millenium magazine publisher and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) has left his post under the controversy of a lawsuit, but he's quickly hired by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to look into the mysterious disappearance of his niece Harriet 40 years earlier by investigating his eccentric family, all of whom live on a private island in Northern Sweden.
Excerpt: It should go without saying that no adaptation is going to please everyone; it's impossible to encompass all the nuances of one medium across the transition to another. Which makes comparisons not exactly a waste of time but certainly counterproductive, as it becomes difficult to judge a work for what it is rather than what it isn't.
Excerpt: Lisbeth Salander, here played by Rooney Mara, is a film character scholars will dissect for eternity. Whether it’s the source novels, the screen adaptation(s), or the performance, the quirks and sometimes unspecified background create genuine intrigue into her brilliance. A social outcast and some would say deviant misfit at a glance, Lisbeth has no sense of her place or the people around her.
Excerpt: Much has been made of David Fincher and Steve Zaillian's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's posthumously released novel ( Men Who Hate Women ). The 2009 Swedish film of the same name is spoken in both hushed reverent tones and loud boisterous proclamations as one of cinema's most compelling achievements. So why remake it? For the same reason there have been umpteen million productions of any given Shakespeare tale: the artists behind them have something to say.
Conclusion: David Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is a beautifully-crafted motion picture with a challenging murder mystery at its center. Fincher openly embraces the dark overtones of Stieg Larsson's novel and turns it into his own gothic vision of the morbid, violent desires within the hearts of wicked men.
Excerpt: The Movie When a disgraced Swedish journalist's life is falling apart after a very public lawsuit, a super-rich, super-old industrialist reaches out with a strange offer: to put his investigative skills to work, solving the 40-year-old murder of a young girl. The suspects are the aged man's flesh and blood, contenders for the worst family in Sweden, and progress is slow and somewhat tedious until they hire The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a research assistant, and then...
Excerpt: "What is hidden in the snow comes forth in the thaw." That's the gloriously intense tagline on the poster for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , and oh what a tangled web is revealed on the windswept Hedeby Island, home of the wealthy industrial Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) and his fractious family.
Excerpt: Amidst a media blitz over an unwarranted scandal that threatens to destroy his career, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) accepts an offer to travel to an isolated island in the chilliest part of Sweden, where rich industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) offers him an unusual job: use his skill at researching stories to investigate the unsolved murder of his niece, Harriet.