The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

November 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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It’s strange when I compare this to the other one, which came out just last year and was so much lower on that list.  I’m not sure I can say why the discrepancy.  The story is bleak and the violence against women is wearing but, for some reason, I was better able to sit through this version, perhaps because I had not just read the book.  This version alters some of the details in the central story but stays truer to the end, while the other movie did the opposite.  In both cases, the women who played the titular character did a good job.  The detective/thriller aspects of the story are taut and well-paced.  Both films and the book all strike me as vigorously anti-male; the lead character (as a stand in for the author) is the only decent guy but even he is just another shallow man in the end.  Social criticisms aside, the movie moved along rapidly and was fairly entertaining.  If you like tension and don’t mind violence, it’s a good rental.

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