I’m going to hazard a guess that The Fiance and I weren’t the first to have slight concern/confusion when we opened the dvd case to watch ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ for the first time. For those of you that haven’t seen it, here’s what the disc looks like:
Yup. It looks like it’s a copy, yup, it looks like some cheeky bugger along the line has stolen the disc and replaced it with a copied version. They haven’t, of course, note the ’18’ and the ‘fact’ logos – This is, in fact, Sony being rather clever and ‘pirating’ their own dvd for humour sake – And considering the nature of the film, thoroughly approve.
I’m a really big fan of the ‘Millenium Trilogy’ of books by Stieg Larsson, I read all three of them, in a week, almost two years ago now. I did attempt to watch the Sweedish version of the film (2009) not long after I read the books but I felt that it was much too soon after reading them and, despite being a massive fan of foreign films, I really have to be in the right mood for something subtitled. I wasn’t in that mood then.
I’m so so glad I waited this long to see this film. Watching it was absolutely perfect because I had forgotten the little details enough (partially general bad memory, partially fibrofog fun times) that watching the film allowed me to remember it just before or just as it happened; not the same as learning it for the first time, but the next best thing.
I really, really enjoyed the film. I felt that it was very faithful to the books, just re-worked to be more linear in a way that much better suited the medium of film. When I first began watching I couldn’t quite get used to Daniel Craig as Blomkvist but as the film went on he just fit the role better and better and I now think that he’s perfect. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, on the other hand, was perfect from the moment she spoke; she is Lisbeth Salander.
It’s very rare that I feel that a book is well translated as a film, but in this instance I really ‘felt’ the book in the film, it just worked really rather well. Upon looking at when the the sequel will be released I was really disappointed to see that there are problems facing it. It seems that making $233m just wasn’t enough, and so Sony are looking to cut the budget for the next film, they want Craig to take a cut for the next film, he doesn’t want to. So it turns out that they’re considering cutting the whole of Blomkvist’s character from the second book if an arrangement isn’t met… Needless to say I won’t be watching it if that happens. I think it’ll be a massive shame considering how well the first film worked, how the essence of the book was captured beautifully. I want them to do that, again, with the second and third books and taking away one of the main characters will NOT do that!