Grant McWilliams

Art and Literature Movie Reviews
Dragon Tattoo vs. Dragon Tattoo
Synopsis:

In 2009 Niels Arden Oplev directed the Swedish language movie renditions of Stieg Larsson's first book in "The Girl" series - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Two years later David Fincher directed the English language counterpart to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The storyline goes something like this:

Forty years ago an 11 year old girl - Harriat Vanger disappears from a family gathering on an island owned and inhabited by her extended family - the very successful and powerful Vanger family. Her body was never found but once a year a strange gift shows up on her uncle's door - a framed flower - just like Harriat used to give him. Obsessed with finding her killer he hires a recently disgraced journalist - Mikael Blomkvist to see if he can find any clues but before he does he has Mikael checked out by a local security company due to him losing a libel case against another very successful and powerful man. The very strange and standoffish security researcher/hacker assigned to his case is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Lisbeth Salander. They later join to look for clues together.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of three movies that Stieg Larsson wrote in this series before suffering a heart attack in 2004. The English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was just released and is still in theaters. The point of this review is to compare the original Swedish versions with the newly released English version.