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Wigge Reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Probably half the Western world has already read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The novel is an exceptional mystery, layered with subplots and wonderful characters.

I believe that Lisbeth Salander is the most compelling fictional female character in recent literature. She is tough, enigmatic, and wildly analytical.

The fear was that Hollywood would “mongrelize” the great book and Swedish movie which quickly followed. What David Fincher did instead, was give his version great production value and narrative that actually tightened the mystery.

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) gets into all manner of legal problems when he attempts to take on a major (very crooked) financier. He is forced to temporarily leave his editorial position on his news magazine.

In the interim, he agrees to investigate the 40-year mystery of the disappearance of the niece of one of Sweden’s major industrialists.

So far, Mikael and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) are living separate lives, but Mikael’s investigation on the family compound ultimately brings the two together. The family, the close-knit environment, the 40 years passed all heighten the elements of the mystery.

Whatever investigative powers Mikael possesses are complemented by the odd capabilities of Lisbeth. Together, the two synthesize the answers to this great puzzle. And, however odd she is, the scenes that contain Lisbeth are simply electric.

If you think you have already seen enough of “Dragon Tatoo,” I would still recommend this movie. Daniel Craig carries a movie well, and one just cannot get enough of Lisbeth. The movie is rich, easy to watch, well-paced, and kind of scary.

There are one or two very rough scenes. See the movie, but don’t take the kids or see it on a first date.

Jim Wigge is a Cazenovia resident and film-aficionado. After retiring as an engineer, he has been reviewing movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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