I know I'm going to get slammed for this, but by expectations were quite low for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I watched (or more accurately, partially watched) the original Swedish version and it was a huge snooze-fest. So you could just imagine why it took me three months after the Hollywood version's release to watch it in the theater, for fear of being lulled to a nice nap.
But after watching this version, I was practically knocking my head for not watching the movie sooner.
David Fincher's version is definitely much more watchable, despite the two and a half hour running time. The director (of The Fight Club and The Social Network fame), gave the somber Swedish setting a great deal of well-paced energy and intrigue to make me root for Lisbeth Salander (played by Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara) and curious where the franchise will go in the next two movies.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a very intriguing film that's not for the young-- it's edgy, sexy, and and it has a good mystery to boot. I really feel stupid for underestimating this film initially.
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