I’m one of those people who, when a book I’ve read is made into a movie, either doesn’t see the movie or is disappointed by it. It’s mostly due to the fact that I’m not really a movie person – it’s hard for me to sit still for such a long period of time. With books, I can carry it around with me, reading when I have time, dogearing pages and coming back to it later. One of the best books I’ve read lately was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – the story of a man named Mikael Blomkvist who is hired to solve the mystery of a missing woman, and the girl who he enlists to help him – a troubled, tattooed and pierced girl named Lisbeth Salander. I won’t go into too much detail for those who haven’t read/seen it and wish to, but the book was one I had trouble putting down. Suspenseful and difficult to read at times (mostly due to hardships Salandar experiences), it’s a book I felt like I had to finish –I found myself intrigued by Salandar and wanting to know more about her.
I had heard a lot about the movie so I decided to watch it a couple weeks ago. A challenge often faced with movies made from books is fitting everything into the short two hours – and although the movie felt really long, I did think they left a lot out. But making up for all of it was Rooney Mara – I don’t think anyone else could have played this part. She was magnetic – in every scene she’s in, you can’t take your eyes off her. She managed to add a vulnerability to such a tough, edgy character that was fascinating to watch.I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet!
Those of you who have read the book or seen the movie, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!