Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I finally got around to watching this movie. I have to say this is one of the few book-adaptations that i have seen which actually does justice to the book. The acting is truly superb. If you have read my book review then you know that I LOVE Lisbeth’s character. When I saw the Swedish movie I thought that Noomi Rapace was awesome and no one can be a better ‘Lisbeth’. So I was  pretty curious to see Rooney Mara’s acting. I’m happy to say she was just as good.

For those of you who have no idea about the movie/novel, let me give a little outline of the story. This is crime- thriller based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson,following Mikael Blomkvist’s attempt to solve the mystery surrounding  the disappearance of a girl 40 years ago.

Mikael Blomkvist, a Journalist an part-owner of Millenium magazine is facing a libel case for mentioning the shady side of a businessman named Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. He looses the case and his savings. Henrik Vanger approaches him with a proposition. Solve the mystery about the disappearance of his niece and in return he would provide proof about Wennerstrom’s shady character to help Blomkvist. The Vanger family are millionaires once owning various businesses but the family as a whole can be described shortly as a dysfunctional and no ones seems to talk to one another. When Blomkvist asks for an assistant he is informed of a brilliant researcher, Lisbeth Salander, who actually did the background check on him for the Vanger family. Together they uncover a series of murders that might be the work of a serial killer and  disturbing secrets about some of the Vanger family members. The movie also follows Lisbeth’s life as a form of sub-plot.  When you read the book you get a definite mental picture of Lisbeth and I liked the fact that the movie portrayal of her character is the same as i pictured when reading.The ending of the movie is different from that of the book but it doesn’t spoil the movie in any way.

I don’t think i need to explain the movie in detail because between the book and movie and everything else surrounding this story almost everyone knows what its about. The cast was really good. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.Cant wait to watch the next part. If you haven’t seen it yet it is a movie worth watching.

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest – Stieg Larsson

This is the third and final book of the Millennium Trilogy. If you have read the first two, you’ll want to read this one. The author has made sure of that because he left the second part of the book with an ending that can be described as a cliffhanger.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away the details of the second one. So I’m only going to write an outline of what goes on in this book. Lisbeth Salander is no longer a suspect in the murder investigation but she is still under arrest for various crimes. For most part of the novel Lisbeth lies in a hospital while there are people planning to get rid of her and her secrets by painting a picture that she is mentally ill and needs to be institutionalized. Even though she is locked up in a hospital room, she continues to prepare for her fight with those who institutionalized her  when she was a child and are planning to do so again.

Lisbeth, who does doesn’t trust anyone or work with anyone has something similar to her own army in this book. I won’t be exaggerating when I say there a LOT of characters in this book. There are so many people ready to help her and they are doing all they can to bring justice to her. The easier way to outline the story would be to list the various groups that are carrying out their own investigations to help Lisbeth.

  • Mikael Blomkvist and the staff at Millennium – Mikael can be called the ‘mastermind’ behind all the operations because he is the one who convinced most of the others to help Lisbeth.  His weapon, obviously, is his magazine in which he plans to uncover all the secrets and details about everyone responsible for the injustice towards Lisbeth.
  • Dragan Armansky and  Milton Security
  • Director Torsten Edklinth (Säpo Constitutional Protection) – He forms a group specially for investigating the Salander affair and appoints Monica Figuerola as the head.
  • Jan Bublanski, Sonja Modig and some other police officers who were in charge of Salander’s case.
  • Annika Giannini, Mikael’s sister and Lisbeth’s lawyer.

I think that’s all. Lisbeth herself, armed with her Palm Tungsten T3( smuggled into the hospital along with a phone by Mikael), and her friends from ”Hacker Republic”  also help in collecting information. There is a list of people on the otherside too, but I’m not going to name them.The trial part in the book is really nice. Giannini destroys the opposition point by point and clears Lisbeth’s name.

This book was just as awesome as the other two. If I have to find fault then I’ll say that there a lot of detailed descriptions in this book and the pace is a bit slow at the starting. But this does not affect the book and doesn’t in anyway make it boring. I find that all the books of the Trilogy are written with a similar pattern where the pace picks up halfway through the book. I loved reading this book. It is sad that this is the last book and fans won’t be able to see any more books from Stieg Larsson. There is the movie release to look forward to so I’m not going to say good-bye to Lisbeth just yet. Hope you all get to read this awesome series and enjoy it as much as I did.

The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson

If you liked the first book you’ll love this one. It has a fast pace, great characters and a plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. This too is a crime novel, like the first book, following a murder investigation where Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect.I have to use the same words I used for the first part to describe this book, ‘it’s superb!’.

This is the second part of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The events take place two years after that of the first book. The main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are joined by some of the characters from the first book and some new characters. The novel starts with Millennium agreeing to publish a book as well as an article by Dag Svensson, a journalist who is writing an exposé on the Swedish sex trade. In his book Svensson plans to name journalists, policemen, judges among others in high office who abuse underage girls. He also comes across a name “Zala” while doing research for his book. Zala remains as an invisible character for most part of the book; every criminal seems to know his name and are terrified of him yet no one can find.

Svensson and his girlfriend are murdered along with Nils Bjurman(attorney and Salander’s current guardian). Lisbeth is accused to be the murderer. Blomkvist believes that she is innocent and tries to prove it, although he can’t find her anywhere. The story follows the three separate investigations being carried out – by the police, by Blomkvist and by Lisbeth. There are surprises waiting which you won’t expect and there are enough twists to keep you guessing about what might happen.

The first few chapters are a little slow compared to the rest but just keep on reading because the rest of the novel more than makes up for it. The book has more about Lisbeth compared to the first one and there are secrets that will blow your mind! Lisbeth is the best fictional character ever. I found a quote in the book about her that gives a good picture of her character – “Her attitude to the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun”. I’m also thinking of giving the Swedish movies a try; I don’t have the patience to wait till December for the English version. Now that I know the plot maybe the subtitles won’t be that irritating.

I loved this book. Can’t wait to read the next one! 🙂

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

I came to know about this book through movie trailers. After a failed attempt to watch the movie completely on T.V I decided its better to try the book. The reason I couldn’t sit through the movie is not because its boring but that it was in Swedish so I found it irritating to have to read the subtitles to know what they were saying. I have been thinking about buying the book from some time and after receiving a suggestion from a fellow blogger decided its time to read. Thanks to her for the suggestion otherwise I might not have read this book for a long time.

The book is superb! There is really no other word to describe it. This book is first of The Millennium trilogy written by the author. The book is a crime novel and ‘locked room mystery’. The story starts with Mikael Blomkvist, journalist and publisher of Millennium magazine, loosing a libel case against Hans-Erik Wennerström, a Swedish industrialist and billionaire. He is sentenced to three months in jail. Before he start’s his period of punishment he is asked by Henrik Vanger(retired industrialist and former CEO of Vanger Corporation) to take freelance assignment in Hedeby Island. The assignment is to look into the disappearance of his niece Harriet Vanger, which occurred in 1966 but Blomkvist was to keep this a secret and use a story that he was there to publish Vanger’s biography to explain his presence in the island and to carry on his investigation. Henrik believes that his niece was murdered by someone in the family.

The other main character is Lisbeth Salander who is hacker and researcher, specializing in investigating people. She is asked by Vanger’s lawyer to look into  Blomkvist before he is given the assignment.Blomkvist later brings in Salander to be his research assistant for his investigation. Together they find out what really happened in 1966, unearthing a shocking secret about a family member. I’m not giving away the full story for the sake of those who have yet to read the book.

The book has a fast pace and interesting characters. The novel is written in such a way that you won’t be able to put it down, at least I didn’t feel like doing so and I bet you will feel the same way. I find Lisbeth Salander to be intriguing and she has become one of my favorite fictional characters. I loved reading it and can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy.