Monday, January 9, 2012
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" 2011
I saw this movie on Saturday. It has been perculating in my mind ever since. I wanted to enjoy it. I really did. I tried to read the book several times and it never worked for me. I got about thirty pages in and just couldn't go on. I have finished some pretty disappointing books but I just couldn't do it. It was page after page of financial history of a business.
When I asked the person who recommended it to me, he said that I just needed to get past the first 150 pages or so then it got good.
Uh, no. I gave up on the book.
So, knowing that they would cut out a lot of the set up, I decided to give the movie a chance.
It is moody and gray. The whole landscape is just blank. Daniel Craig is Mickel, play without any emotion or nuance I could detect.
Lisbeth Salander is talked about as a great heroine. I talk alot about strong female characters. I want a woman depicted as saving herself, not being saved at the last minute.
I just didn't see it. She preys. She threatens and exacts revenge. But I didn't see her as terribly strong. I didn't like how she turned to her sexuality as a weapon of control.
Maybe there are things in the book that would help me understand her but I just can't feel sympathy for her. I really can't feel any sympathy for any of the characters in this movie.
Even the old man tortured by years of wondering and grieving.
One thing I dislike is good actors wasted in nothing roles.
Maybe there is more to her role in the other two books and she is just holding a place here, but she seems wasted in the role.
The thing I dislike the most about this movie. I understand the story is Swedish. I understand that the setting is important, to the story. But why are people speaking English with a Swedish accent?
This device never made sense to me. It they were speaking Swedish, there would be no accent. Just act already. I find the accents distracting.
So, what did I think?
I figured out the mystery pretty early on. The guy in the seat a few down from mine was on the edge of his most of the movie, leaning forward, watching intently.
This is my opinion of course. I still haven't decided if I like it yet.