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A very good movie

Posted : 3 years, 2 months ago on 20 May 2016 09:41

Since I kept hearing some really great things about this franchise, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, I even managed to convince my wife to watch this and we had the opportunity to watch the extended versions  as they were divided in 6 episodes on TV. Well, we were not disappointed and we both really loved the damned thing. Indeed, the directing was really solid, it was a very intense and entertaining story and, above all, Lisbeth Salander turned out to be one of the most fascinating characters I have ever seen. Indeed, not only Noomi Rapace gave a very strong performance and then became an international star thanks to this franchise, this character was just so well written, she was just mesmerizing to behold. Eventually, since I really loved these movies, I read all the books and, in fact, I think that Salander was even better in the movies because she was more mysterious. Anyway, it was a great thriller, not doubt about it. Eventually, only 2 years later, they would come up with a US remake which gave me some mixed feelings. Indeed, on one hand, since it was directed by David Fincher, it was obviously pretty awesome, but, on the other hand, it was also seriously pointless since this original Swedish was already amazing. Anyway, to conclude, I really loved the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo review

Posted : 7 years, 9 months ago on 23 October 2011 06:31

I have`nt seen by Ihere its good

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo review

Posted : 7 years, 9 months ago on 29 September 2011 10:18

I'm pretty sure this was my favorite foreign film I've seen this year. I'm not a huge thriller fan, I feel like they all are the same. Suspence, Action, a little bit of romance thrown into the mind of the slightly deranged main character. This film does all of these things but in a so much more appeling way.

First off Lisbeth is one of the best characters I've seen in a while. She's alternative but still highly attractive, smart, witty and kick ass. Which when you think about it is kinda like 'oh, the perfect girl, well that is kind of unrealistic.' Well your wrong. They have that covered. She is far from perfect when you find out she's on leave from a mental asylum.

As for the other main character Micheal, I feel like he would have been utterly hopeless without Lisbeth which is a huge disadvantage on his character. The only thing that was good about him was the fact that he was comic relief and also had a huge part in helping Lisbeth piece back together the broken pieces of herself. I do give him credit, he did take part in helping solve the case, but for the most part he was the 'damsel in distress' which is hilarious.

Lisbeth's probation officer...oh my god. He is my #2 character in any movie EVER (that I've seen) who I utterly despise, number one being the father in 'Pan's Labrinth'. Which I have to give to the actor who played the P.O. because if you can make me HATE a character that much, and I say HATE without any regret, then you did a very good job. I feel like the revenge placed on him was well played, and very original. It totally left me with a smile on my face and completely satisfied to see what happens to him which makes me love Lisbeth even more.

The entire case of the missing woman was enthralling to, which throughout the entire film left you guessing who did it (until the end of course). The ending was good, kind of a 'fairy tail' ending, but besides that the rest of the film was on key with being awesome. I also enjoyed the grey tone feel the entire film had. No bright colors really, just bland and grey which fits perfectly with the film.

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Fantastic start to such an underrated trilogy.

Posted : 8 years, 4 months ago on 12 March 2011 09:55

I was intending to watch this at some point in the future but a relative was forcing me to watch it so I put him out of his misery and watched it. However, when I did watch it, I thought it was absolutely amazing and I loved it from the start to the end. I was tempted to watch a dubbed English version of the film but it really was a lot better watching it in original language Swedish despite it had subtitles. It feels a lot more real and, quite frankly, I understood the film a bit more too. Apart from films by the Americans, British and Australians (well, foreign language films), I have always thought that the Swedes make the best films but after this, Let The Right One In, The Seventh Seal and a few others, I really think they are simply the best. In the near future and when reading about Swedish (and maybe other Scandinavian films such as Danish, Norwegian or Finnish) films that have been done in the past (such as films by the late Ingmar Bergman), I'll definitely watch the supposed best ones of that country!

There were so many great qualities that this had but, personally there was one weakness that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had and that was that it wasn't completely as intense as comments suggested like on the DVD or in reviews that I have read. Or maybe they possibly found even the investigation scenes tense the most when there was one or two edge-of-seat scenarios in the film. There was some shocking moments in the film, though, especially when involved sexual violence and other references in similarity to it.

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Michael Nyqvist was great as Mikael Blomkvist (both his real name and character names are very similar, aren't they?)! Nyqvist showed us a kind of character that we have seen time and time again. What I mean by this is that we see this detective on a mission to solve a mystery of someone who has gone missing and has a deep but rather disturbing story behind it so that is a frequent dialogue in crime films. Noomi Rapace was simply outstanding in this film and she was simply robbed of an Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Actress! It would have probably been at the 84th Academy Awards for the films in 2010 despite The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is really a 2009 film. Her character seems like one of those young women who does look quite a dodgy young woman when you first see her as well as incredibly sexy, she is a troubled young woman with a traumatic past and has a dark story behind it. I really don't know what to make of Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (who appeared in another David Fincher film The Social Network and also the remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street) as these two leading roles in the Hollywood upcoming remake.

After only one film seen from him, Niels Arsen Oplev is a great director already and it is unfortunate that he only directed this one and not The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. He directed it a bit like David Fincher did in Zodiac, James Wan in Saw and Jonathan Demme in The Silence Of The Lambs with the very intense scenes and rather graphically violent and/or scary background settings. Unfortunately, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo didn't receive recognition at the Oscars or Golden Globes but it did win Best Foreign Language Film at the BAFTA Awards and rightly so! Rapace was nominated Best Actress and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. I sometimes hate how biased the American Academy really can be towards films that aren't in the English language because on occasions those films are better than some of the films that Hollywood release.

Overall, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is without a single doubt, one of the best films of 2009/2010, one of the most underrated films ever and is another great film that the Swedes can add to their successful films list. The sequels will have to do pretty damn hard to beat this one! It certainly is a fantastic start to a series and had a teasing ending like The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring did apart from the entire Millennium trilogy are all out on DVD now so that's good. Also, I am now looking forward to the Hollywood remake (or their own version) now which is directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) after this fantastic film!

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Uomini che odiano le donne

Posted : 9 years, 1 month ago on 7 June 2010 07:31

Il libro ha avuto la sua meritata dose di successo, il film era una grandissima incognita. Forse per poca fiducia nello sconosciuto cinema svedese, forse per la mole corposa del romanzo. Ma il risultato è inaspettatamente buono, merito soprattutto di Noomi Rapace che è bravissima nella parte di Lisbeth Salander (nell'annunciato remake hollywoodiano nessuna attrice sarà alla sua altezza, potete scommetterci). Non aspettatevi un thriller frenetico sullo stile americano, ma una boccata d'aria fresca nel genere sì. Buona la prova di tutti gli attori, oculato nel ritmo, mai noioso. Due ore di buon cinema sullo sfondo inedito della Scandinavia.

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