15 January 2011

Jan 15 - "Hold still, or it'll get messy"

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

dir. Neils Arden Oplev

Michael Nyqvist
Noomi Rapace

I guess Scandanavian (I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about that corner of the world) cinema is on the rise. First there was Let the Right One In (2008) (recently remade in America, haven't seen that yet), then the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, and this year another movie which I'm eager to see called Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, about a very wicked and sinister Santa Claus.

Well, I didn't read the book even though it's been all over the place and on the front shelf at Borders for what seems like my whole life. I did read the first several chapters of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest on my Mom's kindle on an airplane until she made me give it back. It was pretty cool: fast-paced, mysterious element, quirky characters, etc. The characters are sort of one dimensional but at least they're consistent. Mikael Blomqvist is so dull he might be well casted with Kevin Costner, but I'm pretty sure they got Daniel Craig for the American remake so maybe he'll be able to pull some complexity out of his butt or something.

Sorry for being snarky. Too much coffee today. I'm gonna apply a "Don't watch with your Aunt" warning sticker to this movie, unless your Aunt is super cool like mine, because there are lots of sexy parts. Even worse, they are almost exclusively non consensual. Although this movie still has a lot more going on than appealing someone's perverse fascination with perversion. I think Noomi Rapace will be showing up in a lot more American movies, including a SciFi flick for 2013 that may or may not be a prequel to Alien (1979).


  1. I read the book! I just finished the second one and plan to watch the second movie at some point. I liked the first book but felt it took a while to pick up and get interesting. You should read the book too if only to better understand the characters. Mikael is slightly less boring and passive. Lisbeth is pretty kickass though.

    Also this was one of the rare cases where I liked both the movie and the book. Usually the movie doesn't live up to the book...

  2. I used to have time to do things like read...

    Nowadays I have have to aim lower.