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    2011 - 01.23

    So Karin and I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tonight, the original Swedish version.  We’ve both already read all three of the novels (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest being the other two), and really enjoyed them.  The movie itself, well we enjoyed it, but our paperback English translation is 839 pages, and it’s difficult to get all of that into a single movie.  On some level it reminded me of the Lord of the Rings series, where you really enjoyed the series and wanted to see it come to life.  Lisbeth Salander is one of those characters.

    Having read the books (which do start to blur into one after the fact) and the fact that we needed to actually read the subtitles, it’s hard to judge how easy this movie would be to follow for someone unfamiliar with the novels, but if you’ve read them it’s worth watching to see those characters come to life (although the complex interactions at Millenium do not appear in the film at all).

    I personally am really looking forward to the English version which will be directed by David Fincher, who is a personal favourite director.  His body of work includes: The Social Network, Se7en, The Game* and Fight Club, all favourites.  So hopefully he can work his magic with this one as well, which I’ll be able to enjoy more (I suspect) in not having to read subtitles.

    *The Game is definitely one of my favourite movies of all time, and like The Usual Suspects it has the most impact on its first viewing.  Strongly recommended.  If you want something similar but in book form, try The Magus, John Fowles, which I’m trying to get on Karin’s list of 100 Book Challenge 2011.

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