Saturday, February 5, 2011

the girl who....

Fabio and I squabbled over who got to read the Stieg Larsson novels first, and nearly broke an ankle rushing off to rent the first DVD. (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Last night we watched the second movie, The Girl Who Played With Fire. If you've enjoyed the books, trust me, the movies will not disappoint.

They're both quite confrontational in spots, especially some particularly disturbing scenes involving a couple of bad guys -- VERY BAD guys -- doing some pretty awful things to Lisbeth. If you've read the books, you'll remember what those involve.

I'm very impressed with the actors, the script, the pace of the films, and of course the gorgeous Swedish scenery as well. The only quibble I have is that the sub-titles in this second film are a bit hard to read at times, being in yellow against light coloured backgrounds, but the words stay up long enough for you to read them and the dialogue is fairly crisp to begin with, so it's not a major bother.

Word is that Hollywood is making its' own versions and Daniel Craig will be playing the Blomqvist role. Much as I like Daniel Craig, I'm disappointed by this announcement, and I don't know that I'll watch the American films. I'm totally over Hollywood versions of books, because they fiddle with them so much.
This isn't an American film. It's European. I can't see how Hollywood can improve on it, and I'm forced to conclude that they're simply cashing in on the popularity of the originals.

Anyway, if you've seen the flicks, or read the books, let me know what you think.


  1. There's a new book out now called The Dragon with the Girl tattoo. I've forgotten the author. It's a funny turnaround of the other one, I think. It was reviewed in our weekend paper.

  2. They're such great books I'm amazed H-wood has the GALL to think of applying the H-wood 'treatment' to them!!

    As far as I'm concerned, everything that H-wood tries to 'improve' or 're-make' turns to s**t.

    But that's just me ...

  3. I want to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Haven't read the books, but heard really amazing things.


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