The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I originally wrote this piece several months ago when it was first released however it has since been released on SKYMOVIES & DVD so for those who missed it then.... Watch it now...
OK, let's go back to December 26th 2011 Boxing day and I’m walking to the cinema counter only to be informed that I cannot see this film due to "Pass issues" so I go over to Poundland and drown my sorrows on four bottles of water for a £ (about 60 cents if you're my only overseas reader!)
But, I digress....
I remember going to see the original trilogy last year and banging on my ears thinking "it's all Dutch to me!" not realising that the actors were not speaking in Dutch but Swedish.
Before the film there were the books (which based on my inability to write much less read, I haven't come across).
So now to the Hollywood version before I’m wrongly accused of digressing (me?)...
The director of this future classic is none other than David Fincher, the man who brought us "Se7en" and "Fight Club" to name but two......
The story starts with Daniel Craig playing the role of Mikael Blomkvist an investigative journalist who has been discredited due to writing a true account of an unscrupulous Financier but due to the story lacking in legal evidence to back his points, Mikael's reputation and less importantly his account is in ruins.
Broke, Mikael is asked to help out Henry Vanger (Christopher Plummer), the head of a wealthy family in their quest to finally find out what had happened to his Niece forty years ago.
Mikael's "bit on the side" girlfriend who also happens to be the boss/his boss at an independent magazine encourages him not to take the job but he is given the chance to earn up to three times his current salary and the evidence to bring down the man who ruined him in court.
Of course Mikael chooses to accept the mission (no I'm not drifting into Mission: Impossible speak, I’m just clever with words & fings like dat... Sniff)
Thus starts the Swedish version of the popular board game of my youth called "WhoDunit"
To help with his investigation, Mikael asks for an assistant and his employers give him Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara) who is "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (hence the name of the film). 
OK, so a few years ago you saw the original trilogy so why would you see this remake? Because to put it quite simply, it's better. The lead girl is covered in Tattoos and is very antisocial due to her upbringing but is played with such warmth and passion you will only warm to.
There are some very brutal scenes which my good friend Josie said "Its 2 hrs 40 and I didn't even contemplate going to the toilet or needing popcorn at any stage”, which in my book, means gripping! It’s quite painful to watch in places and quite brutal! She has to get an Oscar for her part, she has too!" 
Josie's assessment isn't an exaggeration and maybe I wouldn't have included Lizbeth's "treatment" in the film but let's not get the lines blurred, I’m no director more a popcorn eater and(very) amateur reviewer.  But, even saying that I do think actors seem a little too quick to "get 'em out for der lads" (have you seen the new Steve McQueen film called "Shame"? The Male leads nickname in this film should have been Moby!!! )
But, I digress.....
Nudity aside, this is a fantastic film that excites me (pardon the pun) on so many levels.
Level 1: The director also did "The Social Network" so understands how to make computers and typing look compelling and from my perspective my dream is to have a few chosen people all working on a website exposing hidden facts that are relevant to society.
Level 2: The amazing apartments! People come to my home and they often query why do I live in such squalor!!!??? At which I reply, "because I’m broke!"
Conclusion, a future classic and already looking forward to "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who kicked The Hornet's nest"
Go and see what all the fuss is about...... 
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Article by @gmanzen / 8th October 2012


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REVIEW: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo