Monday, October 29, 2012

Girl's Eye View: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Allow me to quickly introduce myself: My name is Kara, and I live over at www.karaschatter.com . I have no experience in the movie industry, other than watching and appreciating them. I thought I would offer up my movie reviewing skills, or lack thereof, to The Basement to give readers a female perspective on movies, new, old, good, and bad. 

After reading the Millennium series written by Stieg Larsson, I was rather excited to watch the movies. I will admit that I watched the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I was slightly apprehensive to watch the Swedish version of the next film in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire

I know that Jason and Shawn had reviewed the first two films a while back and they had mixed feelings. Jason noted that the two leads didn’t spend much (if any) screen time together, but I’ll note that if I remember correctly, they don’t share many “pages” in the novel either. I digress … 

I caught myself up with a little Wikipedia and IMDB digging and Roomi Rapace returns as Lisbeth Salander, the misunderstood yet brilliant tech-savvy woman, and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist.

I wish I had watched the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo so I could have something to compare the series to, but alas, I didn’t. However, the Swede version of Played with Fire is just as raunchy as the English version of Dragon Tattoo, if not, a little more. It also appears to pick up exactly where Dragon Tattoo left off.

It’s been a while since I’ve read the novel, but Played with Fire follows the storyline fairly well and did not disappoint, even though I had to read subtitles. (SPOILER ALERT!) Lisbeth returns from her overseas escapades only to learn that she has been framed for a triple murder and begins the search to find out who has done so. At the same time, Mikael is trying to do the same thing.

I could tell you how everything plays out, but I won’t! I really encourage anyone who hasn’t read the books to do so and find out. They’re well written and hard to put down once you get into them. I’ll admit that it took me several tries to get into Dragon Tattoo, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.

I really hope that the cast and crew from the English Dragon Tattoo film returns to make an English version of the film (Partly because Daniel Craig’s Mikael is much nicer on the eyes, partly because I’d like to see their spin on things). Either way, I did enjoy the Swede version, subtitles and all. A Good from this girl!

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