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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

13 Aug

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Well crafted, intriguing and engaging thriller

By Ophelia Ruffin

The first instalment of a trilogy from award winning Danish director Niels Ardon Oplev comes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a highly engaging, well acted, if not a bit too long thriller.

Lisbeth Salander, played Noomi Rapace is a professional computer hacker with a somewhat chequered past who begins surveying Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), a journalist on trial for libel and facing a lengthy prison sentence. The unlikely duo embark on a suspenseful journey to uncover a 40 year mystery of the disappearance of a young girl.

Noomi Rapace manages to explore the complexity of her character Lisbeth with such vigour through the subtleties of her body language, mannerism and gestures a vulnerability and naivety coupled with a strong and dominant presence which makes for a very honest and believable performance.

Both Michael and Lisbeth have good on screen chemistry, this is seen in the sense of intimacy that both characters are able to bring to each scene, this brings a very intriguing dimension to the film as both characters are quite detached from others in their everyday lives. Lisbeth is a computer hacker, Michael a journalist both are voyeurs, peering into the lives of others but when they are brought together they are forced to become close in order to solve this mystery which makes for an interesting paradox which is explored in the movie.

The film is rich in subplots which are well developed without taking away from the main focus of the film. There is some grim violence and some scenes prove difficult to watch, but you never feel that these scenes are unnecessary to the overall film, instead they add depth to the characters and their development throughout the film.

All round The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a very well crafted film that focuses on character development, dialogue, a good plot and a strong cast that explore the dynamics of their characters and their relationship to one another.

Well worth the watch!

Director David Fincher is set to make a Hollywood remake of the film. Twilight’s Kirsten Stewart and Juno’s Ellen page as well as Carey Mulligan have expressed interest in playing Lisbeth. Daniel Craig has been confirmed to play Michael. I’m not too sure about this remake, I think they should leave this well alone. What do you think?

Keep your eyes peeled as this remake is set for release in December 2011!

Ophelia Ruffin is Film Editor for YH!world and Edits her own Strictly Reel.

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