“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Book and Film Review

Last week, I finished reading the book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson.  Never had I been more enthralled with a book.  The mystery that is at the center of the book’s plot is nothing short of brilliant.  Here is the summary of the book from BookBrowse:

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.
 It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
 It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.
 It’s a contiguously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

 The film stayed very close to the book with minimal alterations due to runtime of the film.  Daniel Craig was an excellent choice Mikal Blomkvist.  Craig brought a sense of cautious brooding to Blomkvist that Larson conveyed in the source material.  The woman who played Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara, was amazing as the antisocial hacker.  It was like the role was made for Mara.  A word of warning: there is a rape scene in the movie that is a bit unsettling and a brief scene of animal cruelty but both are necessary parts of both the book and the film.  The cinematography was magnificently dark reflecting the tone of the story.  All in all, the film stayed true to the book.  David Fincher’s direction of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next.

The opening sequence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a visual masterpiece with Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” performed by Karen O playing.

I highly recommend both reading the book and seeing the film when it comes out on video on Tuesday, March 20.  Here are both trailers for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:


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