Friday, April 23, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Thrilling!!!
If you haven't read the book, see the movie first. Based on the first in a trilogy by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, "Girl" has all the trappings of a 21st-century thriller. It's lightning paced. It's stuffed with perverse and malevolent characters. It's a sex-charged, uber-violent romp of a mystery. It even has some Nazis lurking in its deathly dark past. So what if you don't believe in every character and plot twist. This is one powerful tale.
The movie now in theaters is a Swedish production and eschews Hollywood artificiality. Not a plumped up lip or pumped up peck in sight. But the Movie slut has heard an American version staring George Clooney (who else?) is in the works. May she suggest Kristen Stewart (who played Joan Jett in "The Runaways") as the female lead. Please, oh Lord, don't make it Angelina!
Once you've seen the movie, do read the book, which has even more characters and action. Then get the sequel, "The Girl Who Played with Fire." The final book in the trilogy arrives in May.