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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Movie

A few weeks ago, I asked Josh to watch this with me. I didn’t want to wait for him to read the book. Because I really wanted to watch the movie since I liked the book so much. When we finished watching it, I gave him the whole spiel about the differences between the book and movie.

So what did I think? I think it did a great job of staying true to the book itself. The one thing that sort of felt jarring was how Mikael accepted the offer to help investigate the disappearance. It made it seem like, “Oh, hey I got nothing better to do anyway.” If you hadn’t read the book, it made you go “why is he taking this offer out of the blue?” I had read the book and even I thought it felt weird. It’s a shame they didn’t include the fact that Vanger was going to provide some info to help Mikael redeem himself after the trial.

The brutal scene with Lisbeth…well it was just that. I’m glad they didn’t sugarcoat that, despite the fact that I cringed. I know Josh was cringing when she went back to her guardian’s house and made with the revenge.

So which was better: book or movie? I honestly can’t say. Having not read the second of third book, I was sort of bummed that they hinted at book two. Oh well. I think I like the book and movie as separate entities.

So now there will be a US version of the book/movie. And everyone was on pins and needles to see who was going to be Lisbeth. Because, we have to admit, Noomi Rapace might as well be Lisbeth. So who’s playing her on this side of the ocean?

And here she is in newly-released photos from the set:

I think I can live with that. Mikael though….

….too pretty for me. For the character that is. I liked Swedish Mikael because, even though they didn’t make him into the womanizer in the movie, it could have still been believable. Daniel Craig on the other hand? Too obvious. With those looks, of course he can have every woman!

Has anyone read this little parody that Nora Ephron wrote for the New Yorker? It was quite the hoot! And so spot on!

And here’s some more fun:

“Comedian and writer Dan Wilbur has launched a Tumblr blog simplifying the titles of popular books–revealing the juicy bits that a tasteful book jacket might hide.”

Honestly, when I ride the subway, people are either reading this, or one of the Twilight books. So this book jacket totally makes sense.

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