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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or more aptly, to use its original Swedish name, Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women) is a dark and at times disturbing film, (I use 'film' rather than 'movie' intentionally here) although to say this is not to detract in any way from the magnificent movie that it is. As the opening credits began to roll, myself and my little brother soon realised that this film is subtitled. My stomach plummeted and I began to dread paying to see it - how wrong was I. It took but a very short time to overcome the subtitles and settle into what is a well-scripted and brilliantly acted film. 
I intentionally refer to it as a 'film' as opposed to the Hollywood title 'movie' as this film is deserving of the distinction. It is not in any way related to the soft, mollycoddled movies which drip continuously from the US.

Some of the scenes brought home the vileness of human life, showing how individuals have the capacity to bring others to the brink of self-destruction.The story was played to perfection. The 18's tag is necessary as I personally wouldn't want to see even young teens viewing certain scenes. But the tag also insured that the scenes were not dampened down, or worse, left on the editing room floor. And to be honest, these scenes help to make the film the masterpiece it truly is.
It was also a joy to watch a film which stripped away all the Hollywood nonsense we have all come to expect and loathe. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace remind the viewer of what real acting is all about. Apart from the refreshing aspect which is offered by both Nyqvist's and Rapace's excellent acting, the lack of OTT make-up and airbrushed effects reminds us that to be a great actor and to make a great film does not require a band of over-hyped Barbie-and-Ken-like 'actors'.  
It is obvious to say that the film was made in Sweden which in itself is a relief to the system. It was nice to sit and see somewhere different - the views were spectacular and I came to realise that Sweden is not always and everywhere covered in snow!!! 

The film is a masterpiece due not only to the great acting, directing and de-Hollywoodisation, but the fact that this film is in Swedish also adds to the effect. It is a great film and a must-see. I would highly recommend it - I look forward to the sequel!!