Genre Guesstimation – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Satu of Fairy Tale Pictures and it is Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.

“It’s hard to believe that the fear of offending can be stronger than the fear of pain, but you know what? It is.” – Martin

Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Jan 2012 and 2 July 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An investigative journalist is hired by a wealthy businessman in order to find a woman who disappeared from a small Swedish island over 40 years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that is based on the first book in a trilogy that became an overnight success when it came out.

This film takes a very interesting and engaging story and makes it enjoyable to watch largely due to the fact that it keeps going places that are completely unexpected.

Both Daniel Craig and Mara Rooney are great in the lead roles here and they help keep the story moving in very intriguing ways.

They do a great job here telling numerous storylines regarding different characters who each have deep and dark secrets.

They are able to weave together those various storylines in a way that manages to touch upon each one for just the right amount of time to keep things constantly moving forward.

It’s quite unfortunate that this film didn’t do well enough to warrant the production of the two sequels that show future collaborations between these characters into films like the Swedish version trilogy; guess I’ll have to suffice with those versions (which I have yet to see)

Bottom Line – Very interesting and engaging story that goes places one wouldn’t expect. Craig and Rooney are both great in their respective roles and keep things moving in intriguing ways.  The storyline deals with numerous characters with deep and dark secrets and they expertly weave a tale that touches upon it all as they all move forward in the investigation.  It’s too bad that this film didn’t do well enough in order to warrant making English language versions of the following two books which tell of the further adventures of the two main characters; guess I’ll have to suffice with the Swedish versions. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Noomi Rapace’s performance as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) was so well received, a campaign to have her reprise the role in the English language version gained wide attention in the media, championed by film critic Roger Ebert, among others. Ultimately, Rapace declined to reprise the role, saying that after playing the character for three years (during the filming of the original trilogy), she couldn’t play the role again in the same stories. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. The book doesn’t move smoothly enough IMHO and the film is enjoyable yet not perfect.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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9 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

  1. The first two books in the series were excellent. As were the 2 Swedish versions of the films. Book 3 – w/ Lisbeth in a hospital bed for most of the action – didn’t work nearly as well. Nor did the film. I bought the first 2 films on DVD, skipped the 3rd. The American version with Craig/Mara was very good. And true – B.O. was not enough to go forward with trilogy (unnecessary IMO), but – Lisbeth has been recast (w/ Claire Foy from THE CROWN) and “The Girl in the Spiders Web” (from the novel completed after the author’s death) is upcoming. The trailer looks really good.

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    • i actually am hoping to watch all 3 films in the Swedish trilogy this month for my genre guesstimation. hope they are worth it! I’m gonna wait a few days tho so that i dont watch dragon tattoo while this version is still fresh in my mind 🙂


  2. This film was really good but it was such a close remake of the equally excellent Swedish version that it kind of seemed a bit pointless and maybe that was why it wasn’t terribly successful.


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