The trailers for this English film adaptation of Stieg Larsson‘s popular book series was released months ago, but out of my excitement for the upcoming film that will be released next month, I wanted to share ’em on my bloggy. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is the first of three books in the Millenium trilogy. It’s a thrilling mystery novel that’s gripping and quite addicting, but probably not a book I’d recommend to just anyone because the books, especially the first, are full of graphic scenes such as violence and rape. Plus, not everyone’s into crime novels either.
Interestingly enough, it was my own brother who introduced the book series to me earlier this year. I remember devouring the trilogy over a single weekend and by the time I had finished, I didn’t feel satisfied. Instead, I had questions that needed answering. I also felt the story itself was unfinished, and that the plot was just getting good when it ended all too abruptly.
I researched a bit about Stieg Larsson and got one of the answesr that I was looking for: Larsson died before he even saw his books published, which he wrote for fun. He was also in the process on working on the fourth book, and apparently had planned for the series to end with ten books in all. I think it’s obvious that the series is uncompleted because the third book introduces some new characters that I found interesting, though not necessarily endearing.
I have a love-hate relationship with all of Larsson’s characters except one. I still remember my drama friends and other critics calling his books as “Larsson trying to fulfill his middle-aged fantasies.” And while I do agree with them, I still liked the series enough to want to watch the upcoming films and blog about it.
It was something about Lisbeth Salander, the main female character, that appealed to me from the outset. She’s disturbing and fascinating as a character, a bundle of contradictions. She’s got this I-don’t-give-a-crap attitude about the world, trusting no one but herself; a ruthless, gifted hacker that notices many things about a person that the average individual wouldn’t. Yet she’s also quite vulnerable, erecting an emotional wall so high that no one can really breach it. Also, despite her gift with computers, she’s almost incapable of connecting with other human beings, barely able to keep a relationship with anybody. Some readers may hate her, and others, love her. For me, I’m caught somewhere between those two extremes, a multi-dimensional character whose mysteries I want to unravel. In other words, I like her and she piques my interest.
As for the other protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, I’ve got only one thing to say: Meh. [This is where I agree with my drama friends above, but I have to admit that Daniel Craig is hot as Mikael…]
I don’t know what else to add about this series, so I’ll just let the awesome trailers speak for themselves. As for me, I’m looking forward to the movie that comes out in theaters on December 21st, 2011. If the embedded videos don’t work below, go to the official website and watch them.
Movie posters and photos:
Fun fact : All the piercings that Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) has in this film are real, including nipple, eyebrow, lip, nose, and multiple ear piercings.)
Character Descriptions [You may have to enlarge your computer’s screen to read it.]
So, who else is excited for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Or am I alone as a fan of the Millenium trilogy?