Even though it has no award nominations, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was on the original list of 25 must-see movies before Oscar night 2011 and an instant view on Netflix, so I watched it. And liked it. A lot. So much so, that now I want to read the book, although my good friend John says the first 100 pages are boring, and I can skip them because it's mainly setup that is covered in the movie. Deal. But for now, let's stay focused on the movie. The story starts with Mikael, a prominent exposè reporter, being set up for a crime he didn't commit, so I'm immediately thinking A Team. Which totally plays into the next scene where he gets hired by an incredibility rich capitalist who wants him to look into a cold 40-year-old murder case (If you have a problem - if no one else can help - and if you can find him - maybe you can hire: Mikael).
That's where the real adventure begins - I can see John's perspective if it takes several chapters to get to this point. The girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth, is also an investigator, only not an elite-news-magazine-reporter kind of snoop like Mikael, but more like a WikiLeaks hacker-who-knows-all-your-passwords kind of snoop. The two join forces to find the decades-old killer and make a intriguing odd couple, mainly because of Mikael's generous unconditional awe for Lisbeth.
Fast-paced, smart, and a depraved, TGWTDT hooked me. I must read the books and see the other movies. The only unsolved mystery at this point is why Hollywood feels compelled to make a movie about a movie that was about a book. Well, that's not really a mystery, it's the money. Re-shoot it in English, add Daniel Craig, and say, "Weee, weeee, we-make" all the way to the bank. For me, Girl ranks fairly high bumping Inception down a notch.
RANKING of OSCAR 2011 MUST-SEES (so far):
- True Grit
- Winter's Bone
- The Town
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Toy Story 3
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Kids Are All Right
- Animal Kingdom
- Alice in Wonderland
What did you think of the movie? Have you read the books? What do you think about Hollywood remaking the movie?