Genre Guesstimation – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to

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.

“[tattooing Bjurman] I’ve never done this before. Hold still, or it’ll get messy. ” – Lisbeth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being sued for libel, an investigative reporter is hired by a wealthy tycoon to try and find out who murdered his niece 40 years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve had interest in seeing for quite a long time, yet never did so largely due to the fact that it’s all in Swedish.

The fact that I normally have a aversion to watching film not in English made it quite difficult for me to add to my watchlist.

Since, I have recently tried to expand my film knowledge and add more films not in English, I finally decided to give this film a chance just mere days after rewatching the American version of this film which came out two years later.

I must admit that I enjoyed this version much more than the American version because in this one, there is more of a connection to the characyters since they are developed much better here.

There are numerous other subtle differences between the two films eventhough they tell virtually the same story yet this one does it slightly better.

The cast of this film is great and I think that Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist are better suited for these roles than Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are since these performance feel more realistic and ‘down to Earth’.

I think this largely has to do with the fact that this film chooses not to rely on the help of Hollywood with making the film and they succeed in doing so.

Some of the differences between the two films are quite mild yet this one comes across as being more realistic and in some cases more accurate to the book.

Watching this, made me even more interested in watching the two sequels.

Bottom Line – Enjoyed this version much more than the American adaptation largely due to subtle differences. Cast is great with Rapace and Nyqvist upstaging their successors by these very realistic and down to Earth performances. The characters are developed much better here and this is a perfect example of a film that chose not to rely on Hollywood in order for it to succeed and it does so really well.  There are numerous differences in the way that this film and its successor are told and this one comes across as much more realistic and believable if not more accurate from the book’s perspective. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview on the BBC Breakfast programme, Noomi Rapace stated she prepared for seven months for her role. She was on a strict diet, took kick boxing lessons and had her eyebrow and nose pierced. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! This is such a great version of the story largely due to the great performances and character development without the need of a Hollywood stamp of approval to make it engaging and interesting the whole time.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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