This review is made from someone who enjoyed reading the book. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out in selected Philippine cinemas earlier this year, which made it two years after it came out in Sweden. This is another review that’s long overdue.
Lisbeth Salander is played by Noomi Rapace. She is depicted as how I’ve imagined her to be while reading the book. She is perfect for the character and managed to carry the movie. Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist who helped Lisbeth, is played by Michael Nyqvist. I imagined the Mikael character to be older but Michael Nyqvist is a capable actor but his character’s development was rushed. The two leads made the movie bearable but their chemistry was not there. Their relationship not established.
I don’t know why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie got all the hype it received. I did find the movie entertaining but I found some flaws in it. The movie was loyal to the novel and this might be one of the reasons why it didn’t translate well into the big screen.
The transitions between sequences were too abrupt. There were moments when you feel that the scene could have been shortened. Its runtime of 152 minutes is too long as there were parts of the movie that was too dragging for my liking. The final scene didn’t make any sense at all unless you have read the book.
Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist): I would have never done it, Lisbeth. But I understand why you did. I don’t know what you have experienced. But I was about to die in that cellar, and you saved my life. Whatever you have seen, you don’t need to tell me. I’m just happy that you’re here.
The filmmakers tried to be loyal to the book but they left out some important plot points and relationships in the movie adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Some characters are missing. The Vanger Family is just a footnote in the movie, which was not the case in the novel.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie could have been better. There’s an upcoming Hollywood version that will be released later this year. I hope that it would be based on the book and not on this movie.