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film making at its best
on October 29, 2009
I became a huge fan of Steig Larsson after reading the Millennium Trilogy. His death is a great loss to all readers worldwide who have discovered this trilogy and the unforgettable character Lisbeth Salander.
So it was with great excitement that I discovered that the first book in the trilogy was made into a movie by the swedish filmaker "Neils Arden Oplev". And what a movie! Mind you, there were no english subtitles, but having read the book I was able to follow the story line very easily. As with any books that are made into film, sacrafices were made and some characters were overlooked but the essence of the book was kept intact. No new characters were introduced nor was the story line changed as is the wont of many Hollywood producers that bring to the big screen books that are much loved by readers. Oplev's adaptation did not disappoint.
The two main actors "Michael Nyqvist's Michael Blombkvist and Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander were outstanding. These actor's captured the characters perfectly as described in the book but Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander is outstanding. She made Lisbeth dark and broody, strong yet fragile and capable of the most hideous revenge. She is anti social, abused by a social system that is supposed to protect her yet Lisbeth Salander is the most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years. I am an avid reader and have not come across a character quite like her in crime fiction or any fiction for that matter and Noomi Rapace did her proud!!!!
The film's landscape is beautifully filmed and had me mesmerised. There is a scene that is supposedly in Australia but Oplev failed to capture Australia's outback as it really is. I only comment on this because I am from Australia and it did not quite ring true, but I will not hold that against him. the film's grittiness more than makes up for that little oversight. I would hate to think what Hollywood would do to a trilogy like this and I am glad that I got the chance to see this story filmed by Oplev. It has that understated intense and realistic atmosphere that many Hollywood films lack. The second book "The Girl who Played with Fire" has already hit the screens in Sweden in September and I am eagerly awaiting its DVD release. I just hope that english subtitles are included as this trilogy has become a worldwide hit and I am sure that many readers would love to get their hands on these movies.
I also cannot wait for the third and final installment, The Girl who Kicked the Hornetts Nest. An extremely satisfying end to a phenomenal trilogy with characters that are rare, unforgetable and original. Mr Oplev please take a bow.........oh and please, please include english subtitles.