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.