Separate but not Sequel

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Jan 9, 2012 by

Have you ever had high hopes or expectations when you entered into something? A new job, a second date, or that perfect black dress that arrived mail-order. You know what I am referring to.

Recently my dear friend Mary and her husband Craig, invited me to see the re-make of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher’s initial version to the Stieg Larsson’s Millennium  trilogy made famous by Noomi Rapacei.

Larsson witnessed the gang rape of a young girl when he was 15. He never forgave himself for failing to help the girl, whose name was Lisbeth – like the young main character of his books, herself a rape victim, which inspired the theme of sexual violence against women in his books.

Maybe I should not have read the books, or seen the original trilogy in Swedish – by the way in Sweden it was a made for television mini-series. Yes, I know they are so bloody advanced those Swedes. But, I digress. The movie falls short of expectations. Not even the jazzy soundtrack by Trent Reznor of NIN fame or seeing Daniel Craig’s back side saves it.

(Warning: I am about to reveal a tad bit about the ending)

Even the ending is way too ‘Hollywood.’ Having Lisbeth Salander purchase a handmade leather motorcycle jacket for Mikael Blomkvist’s character because she has a crush on him. Sappy and not within the  story line #fail. The only reason to rent this on DVD is the brilliant creative at the beginning that is accompanied by a re-working of Led Zepplin’s ‘Immigrant Song.’

Stieg Larsson is rolling over in his grave.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer

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