Swedish people are really messed up.
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger’s (Sven-Bertil Taube) teen niece (Ewa Fröling), only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger’s powerful family.
I never read the book that this film is based off of and I probably never will, because I just am that cool but for a film that is being remade by David Fincher, it’s not as amazing as I was expecting.
This movie clocks in at about 152 minutes but I honestly didn’t feel bored at all. There is a lot of crazy stuff happening but you still have no idea what’s quite going to happen next considering that this story has so many mysterious and “whodunit” elements to it, that’s its pretty easy to get into it with a clear mind that something effed if going to go down at the end of this film.
Director Niels Arden Oplev did a great job with how the film takes time with its story and gives us time to see these characters for who they are before they have to go down in this case. Instead of just being a whole bunch of separate stories that somehow come together by the end of the film, the story is one single plot and goes on and transitions between both leads. This was a good element to the film and for anybody going into this expecting to be uber pissed because of the whole subtitles thing, well I can assure you that within the first 15 minutes, you forget that they are even there.
What I liked most about this film was the fact that it was able to be dark, mean, angry, and just plain and simply dirty but never seem raunchy or gritty. There’s a certain style to this film that shines through right away from the first shot to the last and how that mood is able to stay alive throughout the whole film and never seem tired, really shows what Oplev can do as a director. He’s got lots and lots of style here but never does it feel overly-stylized.
My main problem with this film is the fact that I think it focused more on ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ rather than the actual story at hand and the other dude, Mikael Blomkvist. The film is all about this murder case, which it never really loses sight of in the first place, but it’s almost as if when Lisbeth and Mikael meet, its all about what Lisbeth does for this case and how much of a crazy-ass she is, nothing for this dude Mikael.
Mikael seems like a cool character as well and he’s done pretty well by Michael Nyqvist, so it’s sort of a shame to see that this character is basically second-in-command when it comes to this story. The guy has a huge case in the beginning of the film that’s already resolved within the first two minutes, the fact that he beds around all of these chicks is hardly mentioned, and even when him and Lisbeth start this sexy little romance they got going on, it more or less just focuses on her and how she feels all about it. Poor Mikael, all he wanted was the spot-light.
The film also starts to lose itself a bit in the end as it goes right on for that slasher/gory and bloody type of ending that doesn’t really get you anywhere unless you’re really trying to shock the hell out of your audience. Speaking of shocking, for those people who have a problem with such subject as rape, torture, misogyny, racism, and all of those other grand and beautiful things, you may be a little pissed off at this film but I’m betting you would already know what to expect if you were going to watch it in the first place.
The real reason to see this film and why it got the notice that it did was all because of this crazy chick right here playing Lisbeth, Noomi Rapace. This character is a total bad-ass because she does not stand for anything that effs with her and the way Rapace brings this toughness to her in the first place is really something that shows talent within an actress. Not only is she a bad-ass though, she is also very smart when it comes to hacking so she’s not only an ass-kicker but also the brains behind everything as well which makes her even more of a force to be reckoned with. If I saw this chick in real-life, I really wouldn’t know what to do, except maybe run away and look for the nearest hiding-spot so she couldn’t find me and take advantage of me, and I’m not talking about the good way either.
Consensus: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a long film that is entertaining due to Noomi Rapace’s performance as Lisbeth Salanders and a direction that is not only stylized but mysterious as well, however the film suffers by the fact that it follows Lisbeth too much and almost forgets about it’s other main character completley, Mikael. Still, I can’t wait to see what Fincher can do with this flick.