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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy (2009)

Posted on | November 23, 2010 | No Comments

GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

A serious candidate for the best movie I’ve seen all year, and a likely candidate for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. By far, the best of the trilogy.

A career-making performance for Nooni Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. It is the kind of film that we rarely make in the U.S. any more, with an emphasis on character and complex story. A flat-out masterpiece.

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

The second of the trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, featuring the computer hacker/goth rebel, Lisbeth Salander. It was made for Norwegian television, on a much smaller budget than the first film.

A good film. It was not up to the caliber of the original, but still worth seeing. The story was a little more convoluted, production values were not as strong, and it overall lacked the dramatic impact of the original.

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

By far, the weakest of the trilogy. Very slow, tedious, with a story that seemed to be a forced attempt to give some big overview to the previous stories by implying that some “secret” Norwegian organization was behind the previous two stories.

Except for a reasonably powerful courtroom scene at the end, there wasn’t much to rave about for this one. I recommend any serious film-lover see the first one, maybe the second, and not bother with the third.

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