I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and you’re working hard on your New Year’s Resolutions! I got AMC theater gift cards for Christmas so the hubby and I were off to the movies!
Now, let me start by saying that I did NOT read this book. I bought it for my Nook, read the first thirty pages or so, promptly got bored/confused and stopped reading it. My husband did read the book and was very excited to watch this movie. Anytime I can eat movie popcorn combined with Buncha Crunch is good for me, so I went along for the ride. Holy guacamole…
“What is the movie about?” – Mikael (Daniel Craig) is a journalist who has been accused and convicted of slander. He is essentially broke and therefore vulnerable to an offer made by a wealthy businessman, Henrik. Henrik wants Mikael to find out who killed his granddaughter, Harriet…an unsolved missing persons crime that dates back to the 60s. In return, Henrik will pay Mikael lots, and give him dirt on the evil business man who sued him, Wennerstrom (in your mind, add those two little dots above the o…I don’t feel like figuring out how to do that). Mikael enlists the services of Lisbeth, an odd looking girl who works as an investigator/hacker/bad girl. Together they investigate Henrik’s family to try to solve the mystery of “Whatever happened to Harriet?”
“Is this movie part of a series?” – If they stay true to the books, this is the first movie of a three-part series. The other two are The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
“Does it stay true to the book?” – As I stated previously, I did not read this book first…and I’m still debating about whether I will read it now. My husband did tell me that the Harriet reveal played out MUCH differently in the book and that there are other changes that were made…all to be expected from Hollywood!
“Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Lisbeth Salander is played by Rooney Mara…you might remember her from another of director David Fincher’s movies, The Social Network where she played the girl whose break-up with Jesse Eisenberg is essentially the catalyst for the creation of Facebook. Also, Mikael’s co-editor/lover is played by Jenny from Forrest Gump (Robin Wright) and Anita (Harriet’s um…cousin) is played by Joely Richardson. I remember Joely purely as the sister to Mel Gibson’s dead wife in The Patriot…and in real life, she’s the sister to Liam Neeson’s dead wife, Natasha Richardson. Sad connection 😦
“Anything I should know going in?” – GRAPHIC SEX. My my. I am not a fan of constantly being shown sex scenes…I think it is highly unnecessary and it actually takes away from the movie-watching experience for me. That being said, there are various types of sex scenes in this movie, most meant to portray what a tough life Lisbeth has. This probably goes without saying, but not a movie for the kiddos.
“Anything that annoyed the heck out of you?” – Actually yes, thank you for asking! Anyone who has read my reviews before knows that I get highly annoyed when accents are crazy…Now this movie is supposed to be set in Sweden…and the people are supposed to be Swedish. Now to be fair, my only reference to a Swedish accent comes from The Muppets, but the accents in this movie were terrible. For my money, Rooney Mara (Lisbeth) did a fair job…everyone else…you are fired.
Overall, the movie was good. Remove all the sex and it was interesting, engaging and worth watching. There’s a good story, you’ll be trying to figure out the ending the entire time and I’m interested to see where this series goes on from here.
Spend or Save? This is a tough one. If sitting through 8 separate sex scenes doesn’t bother you, then I say go ahead and Spend. It is a long movie…it clocks in at 158 minutes and that’s WITHOUT the 20 minutes of previews beforehand. I typically have a short attention span when it comes to movies, but I was actually engaged throughout the movie. Make a judgement call on this one. Oh, and one more thing…the cat dies. You’ve been warned.