Män Som Hatar Kvinnor / The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – ** 1/2

Posted: January 8, 2012 in 2009, Crime/Detective, Sweden, Thriller, XX1/2



It took me a while to watch this movie. I first wanted to read the book, but that book has been on my shelve for more than three years now. And in the meantime they made an American remake.

I am not sure if I want to see the remake though. It will probably come too soon. But on the other hand, it might be a better movie than this one. This is the original Swedish movie based on the best seller that sold more than 35 million copies worldwide! And unfortunately it looks like the producers wanted the movie to be released while the book was still in the charts. It is always difficult to visualize what was written as a novel and you just have to add extra scenes to make the story come to life, but I was a bit annoyed by the repetitiveness of certain images. That picture that becomes the first clue is shown endlessly. I got it imprinted in my memory forever. And yes, it is controversial to show sadism and sex and that’s how it got the crowds in, but those scenes do not add anything at all to the experience.

The movie starts good and you get intrigued by the story and the characters. But then it all gets told way too fast. A series would have been better for this story, because now it looks like the script writer works for a weekly tv crime show. The end credits roll and think wonder what made the book so popular, because the plot line in this movie isn’t all that brilliant.

But as a detective movie, it definitely has its merits.


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