The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
There are some movies that won’t leave you be after you watch them. They haunt you afterwards. It’s not because they’re scary or disturbing. It’s because of the withdrawal. When a film can so effectively fuse you with the characters, their emotions, their stories, you reach the point that you don’t want it to end. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of those films.
If I had to compare it to another movie, Silence of the Lambs would be the most appropriate. Both deal with serial killers, solving a mystery, and utilizing unlikely allies. In this case there is no brilliant, incarcerated cannibal. Instead there is a women whose a bit of a goth, a rebel, non-social, potentially violent, and utterly competent. She’s an incredibly talented investigator. Like Hannibal, she sometimes makes questionable decisions, yet she is much more justified in her actions. Both films also have some disturbing imagery and scenes. They deal with some touchy subjects. There’s violence, but there’s also a very intelligent story woven into it. The various elements are very provoking, both intellectually and emotionally.
The movie takes two stories, one following Elizabeth, and one following Mikael, and blends them together. They’re both investigators looking into a crime. However the film stretches beyond the investigation and touches upon the lives of both of them. There are emotional journeys and stimulating mysteries that keep your brain in high gear and your own emotions spinning like a tornado. The situations they get forced into are shocking. The choices they make keep you guessing where things are going to go. As a viewer, you really don’t want it to end.
Overall this is a brilliantly done film. It truly captures the experience of a book, mimicking the intelligence and emotional investments. I haven’t read the books but after seeing this movie I went straight to Amazon and bought all three. If you’re looking for a good movie to watch, this one is worth your time.