If you’ve read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (and haven’t most people?) then you’ve got to rent the movie. Available now on NetFlix, the first movie made from this best-selling book was released more than a year ago in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland – and had a limited release here in the United States last spring. But be warned – it’s not an easy movie to watch. There are scenes of horrific violence against women (no surprise to those familiar with the book’s plotline), but features outstanding performances by Michael Nyqvist as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. Entertainment Weekly says the “film makes excellent use of the cold Scandinavian landscape to emphasize the story's gloomy loneliness,” and they’ve got that right. It’s a dark, creepy film that unearths some deep family secrets.
Recent news reports say Daniel Craig (of James Bond fame) has been cast at Mikael Blomkvist in the U.S. version of this film. I don’t understand why anyone who’s seen the Swedish movie would think it needs to be re-made – or could be improved upon.