Friday, December 30, 2011
Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The ending of the new movie makes a major change from the book, but ultimately, doesn't change the story. The new movie, however, ends with the same scene as the book, which the first movie did not. I think the new ending sets up the next movie better.
The opening credits are a melange of weird shots which seem to have little relevance to the movie, except perhaps for the prevalence of computer cables. Lisbeth is supposed to be a world class hacker. The music is a remake of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song done by Trent Reznor. The opening line of the song is "We come from the land of the ice and snow from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow." Most of the film was made on location in Sweden.
I highly recommend you see this movie even if you haven't read the books or even if you've seen the first movie. It has a well deserved R rating so I would not take the kids. There is a rather brutal rape scene (very necessary to the plot) and some nudity (love scenes which are also essential to the plot).