Isaacs Picture Conclusions

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) FOUR EYEBROW RINGS

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HMMM – I’ve had some serious writer’s block about this one for quite some time now (over a year). Normally the things I try and tackle aren’t super high profile like this one, so I haven’t really known what to say or how to start this. I’ve seen all three (four if you count that remake bastard) of these and I really liked them all, but I think this is the best of the bunch. Or did I like “Played With Fire” better? It’s been a while since I’ve seen the other two but I’ll get to them.  I mean, who hasn’t seen this (or all of em) so what is there to write about that anyone hasn’t read? Anyway, I was finally inspired by our friend Claratsi’s post of THE LAST STAND and thought I’d give his experiment a shot.  Here’s the rules:

Five simple rules:

  • 101 words; no more, no less. Split-words are permitted (If spell-check says so!?)
  • Must mention two lead actor/actresses names
  • Must reference at least one good thing and one bad thing
  • What’s it about? (no separate plot/synopsis section)
  • The movie’s title must be mentioned in the body of the review

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So, here goes (and this wasn’t easy):

Noomi Rapace gets the opportunity of anyone’s lifetime to get to be Lisbeth Salander – I mean, how lucky can one person get? I’ve never read the books but I thought she was absolutely terrific. Mikael Nyqvist blows Daniel Craig out of the snow as Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist searching for a billionaire’s missing daughter. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a very complex movie with family demons (and dominatrices) (did I make that word up? I might’ve), boobs and chock full of murder around every corner. If you’re ever in the mood, do this one and not the remake.

36 comments

  1. I loved this movie, and Noomi is amazing, period. Hated the remake though, so I completely agree! The other two in the Millennium Trilogy are as good as this, with the last one providing some great courtroom drama!

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    • theipc

      It’s been a while since I’ve seen them but I know I really liked the second too – the third kind of comes to me as a little boring – but good.

      I’m thinking the remake might be one of my entries into SHITFEST: FALL…. but that would mean I’d have to watch it again and I don’t really know if I want to do that.

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  2. melissa nacinovich

    I’ve never watched any of them. I’ve read all of the books and usually seeing the movie afterwards is a BIG no no for me…it never ends well. I have heard good things and might break down and watch it….maybe just this one. : )

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    • theipc

      I think the Swedish movies are all worth watching. Forget the dumb American one. How about Let The right One In? Have you read that / seen it?

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      • melissa nacinovich

        I haven’t heard of that one. I love Swedish and Nordic crime fiction, that’s one of my favorites so I know what you mean.

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      • melissa nacinovich

        I just looked it up and added it to my goodreads list. if the movie is good, tell me! Before I read it.

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      • melissa nacinovich

        I read your review, it sounds good! I’ll check it out. I wonder if netflix has it…I like Swedish and Norwegian fiction because they are a bit more subtle with the drama and not so over the top in your face (and oh let’s throw in a terrorist for fun) american type fiction. so I’m sure i’ll like it.

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      • melissa nacinovich

        dude, I watched that movie this morning. It was good! kinda fucked up with all the tucked in sweaters and stuff but good. What was that, someone’s head that plopped into the swimming pool at the end?!? That was awesome! that movie was SUPER creepy to me because that girl that played Eli looks exactly like this kid that used to live next door. Same totally vacant grey green eyes, hair and face…super super creepy.
        Seriously….the movie was good!

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  3. Good job on the challenge; I don’t know if I could be that concise! Also, I thought I was the only one who found the American one to be somewhat mediocre. I guess I do need to watch the Swedish version.

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  4. Sam R. Thorne

    I’ve seen the Fincher one none of the swedish. Thing is I don’t think the Fincher version is bad, is just isn’t really the book. It’s just molded to his kind of style. Will give this a try though, and the style of your synopsis was interesting.

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    • theipc

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

      I think Fincher’s version had a few things bad going against it in my head.

      I HATED The Social Network. I couldn’t believe the guy that did SE7EN made that and Trent “I Wanna Fuck You Like An Animal” Reznor won an Academy Award for the score.

      I also hated the blobby Reznor “Immigrant Song” opening credits.

      I also hated Dream House and Daniel Craig’s cuffed up jeans and here he was sporting them again!

      BAH!

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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  5. Love this movie, Rapace is amazing. And I find her strangely attractive too. I wasn’t actually that much of a fan of the other two, thought they were a bit dull. I liked the remake well enough but it just didn’t need to exist, it was completely pointless. Nicely done sir!

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