The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Steven Zaillian
Based on: Stieg Larsson’s novel
Remake of: Män som hatar kvinnor
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic

Plot:
Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a journalist in trouble. Not only has he just been convicted of libel, but the magazine he edits is experiencing financial difficulties because of it. But then he gets an offer from Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), rich retired business man. Vanger wants Mikael to research his great-niece Harriet’s disappearance 36 years ago, in the hope that he can discover something new. At the same time Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), young borderline researcher, gets the job to look into Mikael and his libel case.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in almost all counts the better movie compared with its Swedish predecessor. Too bad they messed up the ending.

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Luftslottet som sprängdes [The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest] (2009)

Luftslottet som sprängdes
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Writer: Ulf Ryberg
Based on: Stieg Larsson‘s novel
Sequel to: Män som hatar kvinnor, Flickan som lekte med elden
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Georgi Staykov, Micke Spreitz, Anders Ahlborn, Aksel Morisse

Plot:
Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is recovering in a hospital from the events in Flickan som lekte med elden and awaiting her trial for murder. Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) asks his friend Annika to represent her in court, while he tries to do everything in his power to acquit Lisbeth and to show how there was a conspiracy against her which started when she was 12 years old. He also provides Lisbeth with the possibility to write her own autobiography – something which will hopefully help her in court.

After Flickan…, Luftslottet som sprängdes is definitely a step up again, though the first one definitely remains the strongest of the three films.

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Flickan som lekte med elden [The Girl Who Played With Fire] (2009)

Flickan som lekte med elden
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Writer: Jonas Frykberg
Based on: Stieg Larsson‘s novel
Sequel to: Män som hatar kvinnor
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Ralph Carlsson, Georgi Staykov, Micke Spreitz

Plot:
A few years after the events in “Män som hatar kvinnor”, Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) returns to Sweden to remind her “guardian” Bjurman (Peter Andersson) of their deal. In the meantime, Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) is investigating a sex trafficking ring together with his young colleague. But when said colleague, his girlfriend and Bjurman are found dead and Lisbeth is accused of all three murders, Mikael’s and Lisbeth’s paths cross again. While Lisbeth is on the run, they both work feverishly to find out what’s going on.

Flickan som lekte med elden suffers from the sequel sickness: while the desperate attempt to up the stakes leads to too much conspiracy, the movie struggles even more with the weaknesses of the first one, foremost the pacing.

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Män som hatar kvinnor [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] (2009)

Män som hatar kvinnor
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writer: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Based on: Stieg Larsson’s novel
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson, Michalis Koutsogiannakis

Plot:
Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is a journalist in trouble. Not only has he just been convicted of libel, but the magazine he edits is experiencing financial difficulties because of it. But then he gets an offer from Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube), rich retired business man. Vanger wants Mikael to research his great-niece Harriet’s disappearance 36 years ago, in the hope that he can discover something new. At the same time Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), young borderline researcher, gets the job to look into Mikael and his libel case.

Män som hatar kvinnor is a pretty good film that lives and breathes thanks to Lisbeth Salander as a character. Thankfully Noomi Rapace’s performance is strong enough to carry a film, or five.

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Män som hatar kvinnor [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] (Stieg Larsson)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. [The title actually translates to “Men Who Hate Women.”]

Plot:
Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist in trouble. Not only has he just been convicted of libel, but the magazine he edits is experiencing financial difficulties because of it. But then he gets an offer from Henrik Vanger, rich retired business man. Vanger wants Mikael to research his great-niece Harriet’s disappearance 36 years ago, in the hope that he can discover something new. At the same time Lisbeth Salander, young borderline researcher, gets the job to look into Mikael and his libel case.

For a crime novel, which I usually don’t enjoy that much, it was a rather entertaining read. Not particularly well-written, but with interesting politics and fascinating characters.

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