Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Night Date Night

Friday Night Date Night is a feature on my blog that showcases movie reviews (mostly movies that were adapted from books). Hopefully some of these reviews will help you decide what to watch on your date night or a night of relaxing at home.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
To my surprise the other night I came home and noticed that someone had rented The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the library.  I had tried watching the Denmark version of this movie and could never get past "that scene."  I had heard great things about the American version so I thought I'd give it a try + I love me some Daniel Craig! 

From what I remember of the book (it's been years since I read it) the movie held pretty true to the story line.  There was enough of the plot there to keep you interested and understand the gist of the story, but like any movie there was some information and scenes left out.  If you are planning on reading this book or watching the movie I do suggestion downloading a Vanger family tree such as one of these.  Trust me it will help immensely since there are a lot of characters to keep straight.   I printed one out when I listened to the audio book and then gave it to my mom when she listened to the book too.  I don't think either of us would have been able to keep everyone straight without it. 

I loved how fast the movie seem to play out.  It was action packed and definitely kept my attention.  Daniel Craig (as Mikael Blomkvist) and Rooney Mara (as Lisbeth Salander) were fabulous.  They brought the characters to life in a far better way than my imagination did.  I have to say there are a couple of scenes where Daniel Craig looked as good as the US Men's Olympic Swim team.  Those were a nice change from some of the other scenes that I knew were coming up and still couldn't watch.  (Thanks to my mom for telling me when I could uncover my eyes and unplug my ears again.  Are not moms great no matter how old you get?) 

I really enjoyed this movie and I look forward to seeing The Girl Who Played With Fire.

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  1. I haven't read the book or seen either movie version but my sister saw the Denmark version and really liked it. I may have to read this one, or watch it, someday.

  2. I haven't read the book but I was watched this movie with someone who had read it, so it wasn't terribly confusing with all the characters. I thought it was very well done but there were a couple of scenes that I just couldn't watch.

  3. I haven't read this book yet nor have I seen the movie. I have heard good things about both. I liked hearing your thoughts and it is promising that you are looking forward to the next movie. I really must read this one!

  4. Definitely some difficult scenes in this one...but I loved the original version...not that Craig and Rooney didn't do a great job!


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