Monday, July 12, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

"Everyone is talking about this," she said, sliding the dvd into the player. "The book got all the best reviews but it's 300 pages long. You'll never have time to read it. There's three books too. I thought at least you could watch the movie."
And we did.
Rarely is there such an unusual and captivating movie. The novel is by Steig Larssen, screenplay by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg. Director Neils Arden Oplev is amazing. Such timing! Slow drawn Hitchcockian suspense. Michael Nyquist plays the main lead, investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist. Michael Nyquist's performance is reminiscent of Richard Burton at his best. Such depth of character and passion. Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander. She is no Elizabeth Taylor but rather post millennial good bad bad bad girl. The interplay of older man and younger woman is dangerously hot in the midst of this old Swedish tycoon family dating back to Nazi era and holding power at all costs, if only for the sexual enjoyment. A treacherously twisting and turning thrilling movie with no end of intrigue. A must see.

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