Review: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”


But the main focus of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the murder mystery at hand, and Lisbeth’s focus only temporarily strays for sex (which includes a few scenes with Mikael, who is middle-aged and, at first, passive about their relationship). It is unclear as to how Lisbeth really feels about Mikael, but she later visits her mother in a nursing home and says “You should never fall in love.” Looks like both Mikael and Miriam are out of luck — for now.

Without giving too much away, I’d like to happily inform you that Lisbeth plays an integral in getting the case solved. Her use of her photographic memory, as well as her way with technology (from decoding to hacking to setting up live cameras) are two of the most important elements in finding out not only where the missing girl is, but how several teen girls were murdered in a related case.

The setting of Sweden is perfect for the film, as it was the late Larsson’s setting for the plot in the novel. The upcoming American version has fans of the trilogy on edge, and rightfully so — Noomi Rapace did such a great job as Lisbeth that no other actress could replicate her performance, and the use of English in a Swedish setting would just not sound right with the names and places and Nazi history explored within a family.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an intense mystery that will please fans of the books and intrigue those who have yet to read Stieg Larsson’s work. They might even find more pleasure in not knowing what happens next.

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In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth is surely one of the Smart Bitches and according to this blog’s founder, Sarah (the orginal SB), smart bitches still like to indulge in a little fun now and again — especially when it comes to Trashy Books.

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