The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – The Movie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be released in the U.S. today (March 19, 2010).

The direct translation of the Swedish title is “Men Who Hate Women” and violence against women is the main theme. The main characters are Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, an excellent hacker with questionable social skills. They work together to solve a cold case murder.

I was probably one of the last Swedes to watch this movie (better late than never). It had been a while since I read Stieg Larsson’s novel, which I think is a good thing whenever you watch a movie that is based on a book. In this case, many of the sidetracks from the 566-page novel was cut out of the movie, and the story is carried forward much faster.

Hollywood is planning to remake the movie with a completely new screenplay. So if you are one of those who stay clear of foreign movies with subtitles, you will have to wait for the American version. However, the English-language movie will have a much more international story than the Swedish one, which I why I recommend that you watch this one too. It is definitely worth seeing.

To watch a preview, visit Yellow Bird Pictures, the company that produced the Swedish adaptation.

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