Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Last night I went to The Belcourt with my book swap ladies to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It was amazing! I was hesitant because I haven't read the book yet; it's in Swedish (with subtitles); & it's 152 minutes long, but I loved it. Here's the plot summary from Wikipedia:

Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged investigative journalist who writes for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case against corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström and is sentenced to three months in jail.

Before beginning his sentence, Blomkvist is hired by Henrik Vanger, the aged former CEO of a group of companies owned by a wealthy dynasty. Vanger wants him to solve the disappearance, thirty-seven years ago, of Vanger's great-niece when she was sixteen. Vanger is convinced that the girl was killed by someone in his family. Blomkvist is ultimately helped in his quest by Lisbeth Salander, a young punk who has been victimized or misunderstood by those in authority throughout her whole life, but who is also a brilliant computer hacker. The unlikely couple become a classic detective pair.

This movie is not for the faint of heart. There are some brutal rape scenes, lots of violence, sex, language, etc., but it's still so good. It's a pretty true to form murder mystery with lots of plot twists & surprises. I loved the two main characters, especially Lisbeth. I can't wait to find out more about her.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in a series of three. I haven't read it yet, but I plan on it, especially after seeing the movie. One of my friends there last night said she's halfway through the second book & that's it's better than the first. Sign me up!

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