The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Opens: Dec. 20

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

A Movie Review By Joseph Hagen

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo catapults out of the best sellers rack at your local bookstore and into theaters this week. This is your film if you like any of the following: Short bangs, body piercings, motorcycles, and of course, ample amounts of tattoos. Although the film is incredibly dark, grisly and often disturbing, those familiar with the book will likely approve of this film version. Those who are not familiar with the book … good luck figuring what the heck is happening onscreen.

While there are plenty of things wrong with Tattoo, a big strength of the film is the performances of Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. Their chemistry is a big reason to see this film. Both bring depth, charisma and balance to a screenplay that takes a long time to develop.

Many times during the film I felt that I needed a CliffsNotes study guide to figure out who was who, how they were related, whether the old guy that was talking and the young guy being shown in a flashback were the same guy, how people were related and whose back story went with who… By the time the WOW moment happens, I felt so confused that I did not even understand why it was a WOW moment.

With that said, I would guess that hardcore fans of the book will understand the complex relationships of the characters and enjoy this American version.

Memorable quote:
“I like working with you.” – Lisbeth Salander