Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" or Whatever Will I Wear On My Letterman Appearance

I have read each of the novels written by Stieg Larsson and loved all three.
I also watched the three Swedish movie versions.

Ross and I went to see  director David Fincher's version of  "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" this afternoon.

In comparing the book, to the Swedish movie version and the US version that I saw today, I have to say that the book and the two movie versions were all excellent.

Both movie versions followed the book very closely.

In the movie we saw today, Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander is played by Rooney Mara.

I thought each actor brought their respective characters to life perfectly.

I especially thought Rooney Mara's "Lisbeth" was spot on.  She was just as I pictured her to be when I was reading the book.

Mara, as Salander evoked a range of emotions in me.   I felt her shame and pain, her shyness, her feeling of being an outcast and at times a victim.  Her fearlessness, strong will, and vigilance was thrilling.  I rooted for her all the way.

Even though I knew the outcomes of what I consider to be the three most powerful scenes in the book and movie, I was still on the edge of my seat as each was played out.

I have never actually reviewed a movie before.  But I have to give this one a big thumbs up!

It was a perfect two plus hour distraction and a nice escape.

And okay, I will shyly admit, that yes, I did picture myself on that motorcycle chasing down that evil dude and that in some fantasy life, I am Lisbeth Salander.
Well, that is when I am not performing on stage, or being interviewed on David Letterman for my best selling book.

1 comment:

  1. I took this book to Ireland with me, to read on the plane(s), but could not "crack it."  Having sworn I would never board another plane, when I debarked from the plane from Korea, in 1973, I was having too much fun to read.  Besides, in the twelve days I was in Eire, I posted 34, 448 words, many of them appearing on my computer, while airborne.  Maybe I will enter the building through the back door, and watch the film first.  I want to see that tattoo.