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Since: 28.2.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
This is not a review, per se, as I haven't written any movie reviews in over a month. Work and new writing projects have put updating Back of the Head to the wayside for the time being.

Nevertheless, I must praise The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to the high heavens. With very minor spoilers:


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Goddamn, that Dragon Tattoo was great. So much better than the Swedish version, it isn't even funny. And the Swedish version was pretty good, I thought, though it never bowled me over like it did many others. And I think the book is hot garbage with more than enough lurid and salacious content to explain its global popularity.

I was blown away by the David Fincher version. It didn't shy away from the bleakness, the disturbing behavior of the woman-hating, depraved Swedes, and the carnage, but I thought the characters of Blomquist and Lisbeth Salander were much more relatable. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara had crackling chemistry together.

Dragon Tattoo boasts the best Stephen Zallian script I've seen, one of the best Daniel Craig performances I've seen, and Rooney Mara was just incredible.

And it was a Bond movie, right down to the opening credits. It was the Bond movie David Fincher will never be hired by the Bond producers to make, the way he would make it.

Fincher better make the sequel.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.63
Just saw it this afternoon. I haven't seen the Swedish version, but my girlfriend has, and she said that one is a bit better, which seems to be the consensus when reading reviews online. I'll be checking the Swedish one out probably next week and I'm definitely interested.

After reading the books, I was really looking forward to this one. I thought Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were awesome in their roles...


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My girlfriend said the Swedish version explained the beginning a lot more, where this one flew through a lot of the Wennestrom stuff to get to the Vangers. I did like them eliminating Mikael's affair with Cecilia, as that was one part of the book that didn't interest me. The change in what happened to Harriet was a bit of a shock, but in a good way - when I read the books then see the movies, there isn't much to be surprised by, so it's nice that they went with the book for much of it but still sprung a surprise or two. I felt more disconnected from Lisbeth in the movie but that's due to the omniscient narrator in the book, where you could really get into Salander's head. That was missing here, but unless you did narration (which would've sucked), I don't see how it could've been done


I asked my girlfriend if the Swedish actor from The Killing was in the Swedish version, since he's the only Swedish actor I could think of. We both exchanged shocked glances near the end when we realized he was playing Christer Malm in this one.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
Stellan Skarsgard and Max Von Sydow are both Swedish. Are either of them in it?

John, hurry up with a review cause I really don't care to see this but I like your reviews.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
Like Joel Kinnaman, Stellan Skarsgard is in the American version, not the Swedish version.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.63
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Stellan Skarsgard and Max Von Sydow are both Swedish. Are either of them in it?



IMDB said von Sydow was the original choice for the role of Henrik that eventually went to Christopher Plummer, but von Sydow had to bow out.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
If you've seen both, you have to do the comparisons, and this one actually holds up pretty well- Rooney Mara did a fairly good job, though my preference would still be for Noomi Rapace. There really weren't any BAD casting choices, though some turned out better than others.


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The closest they really came to a miss was in the casting of Bjurman. Peter Andersson in the Swedish version just did that so much better. Yorick van Wageningen certainly came off as creepy, but he looked too much the part. The people I went to see it with had not seen the Swedish version, and the first thing one of them said afterward was "It was good, but I REALLY could have lived without the rape scene." The way Noomi Rapace screamed "NEJJJJJJ!" during that was the most haunting part of the Swedish version to me, and in this one, it was Rooney Mara in the shower in the aftermath. They did a pretty good job, all things considered, and if they can lock down the main cast, they could do wonders with the sequels (which is where the Swedish version really suffers)




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.46
I liked the Swedish version better. Didn't like how they wrapped things up in this one.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.75
The opening credits are nearly worth the price of admission alone.

This is the best movie I've seen in a long, long time. I hadn't realized it was directed by David Fincher - it's very stylistically similar to Se7en in a number of ways, probably helped by the Swedish winter. There was never a moment in which I felt bored or restless in spite of the fact that it isn't terribly action packed.

If I have one complaint, and it's a minor one, it's that it does suffer from the translation to the screen. There are a lot of characters milling about, and there's a limited time to develop them (the film is already over two hours long). So while it may be tougher to determine aspects of the mystery in the book (according to my wife who has read them), it really comes down to only a few people on screen. I wasn't entirely shocked when the murderer was revealed. And "important" details are easy to miss if you don't catch them simply because there's so much thrown at you.

    Originally posted by kwik

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    The people I went to see it with had not seen the Swedish version, and the first thing one of them said afterward was "It was good, but I REALLY could have lived without the rape scene."



It is really brutal. According to IMDB, Yorick van Wageningen was pretty devastated after filming that scene.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
Saw it a second time. I'm prepared to say Dragon Tattoo joins Hanna as my favorite film of 2011.

I think my favorite thing in Dragon Tattoo is that Lisbeth Salander says "hey hey" when she enters a room. Just like Krusty the Klown.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.25
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (backofthehead.com) review.

(How about title icons for this and some of the other movies, mods? Pretty please?)

(edited by John Orquiola on 30.12.11 2025)


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.46
I've seen the Swedish version, and really liked it. So, am I getting anything out of this version that the other one missed or is it just the same thing in English.
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