Millennium movies. The Dragon Tattoo. Review by Isabel del Rio

Millennium movies. The Dragon Tattoo. Review by Isabel del Rio
Isabel del Rio

Millennium movies : The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Millennium movies. Based on the trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Three Swedish Millennium movies and one American film with Daniel Craig. Review by Isabel del Rio.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 film)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three Swedish movies bring to the screen the three Millennium novels by Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Until now, there is an American movie based on the first novel by Larsson.

In my opinion, the first movies (both Swedish and American versions) are great. Quicker rhythm and a more handsome protagonist (Daniel Craig) in the American version. Colder atmosphere, which suits very well with the plot, in the Swedish movie, and a perfect actress (Noomi Rapace) playing the difficult role of Lisbeth Salander.

The second movie loses emotional intensity because the facts are too exaggerated and in the end, incredible. In some moments, the result is dull.

Again, the third movie is exciting. I like the final trial and the solution of the tragic plot…

Lisbeth Salander was a gifted girl with a violent father. Tired of seeing him abusing her mother, one day (specially violent), Lisbeth burnt her horrible father. Here, it starts a big critic of the Swedish social system. The girl had to suffer abuses by people who (in theory) had to take care of her (tutors, psychiatrics, lawyers…).

Bad times and she grew up as an eccentric person. Hacker, shy, lesbian, private detective willing to defend other battered women.

One of them was Harriet Vanger, a disappeared rich girl. Precisely, the problematic journalist Mikael Blomkvist is investigating this case. In the first movie, Lisbeth and Mikael collaborate to get a happy end for Harriet.

In the second movie, Lisbeth Salander’s horrible father reappeared and the revenge is served. Of course, her old friend Mikael Blomkvist will help her. Anyway, Lisbeth finishes terribly injured and buried… but Salander will emerge of her grave! Yes, too much! I said this second film disappointed me a little.

However, the last film recovers the common sense and Lisbeth’s old enemies will be punished in an emotive trial.

In conclusion, this is a very interesting story and I like the original idea of criticizing Swedish social system, worldwide famous for being perfect.

We should ask: if this terrible events against a girl happen in Sweden, how about other countries?

Swedish Millennium movies: The first film was directed by Niels Arden Oplevand the next two by Daniel Alfredson, while the screenplays of the first two were adapted by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, and the last one by Ulf Rydberg and Jonas Frykberg. The three movies feature Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. They were released on February, September and November, 2009.

American Millennium movies: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was released in North America on December, 2011 and in the United Kingdom on December, 2001. Directed by David Fincher and produced by Scott Rudin, with Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

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  • you know, i’ve not seen these – but now, i’ll just have to – a great inside look at how they came to be – sadly, these kinds of sufferings of women at the hands of men and/or those other significant others in a woman’s life [parents male or female – health care providers – religious figures, etc] who are “supposed” to be there to love and to protect and guide are far too common all over the globe – their trail of abusive behavior leaving behind still another of those broken children who become broken adults who then become the abusers themselves – a circle not yet unbroken – sadly – thanks so much for a great interesting review, isabel!

Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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