Watched this a few weeks ago now and finally now have gotten around to posting the review, been kinda hectic around here the past couple of weeks. No, I haven’t read the book, nor have I seen the Swedish version, so watching the film was basically all I had to go on (apart from knowing that the book was some sort of thriller which is why I stayed away from reading it). I’m going to step away from writing about the plot/story so much as I’ve been told that’s not what a review should be about, so instead I’ll comment on some aspects of the film I found interesting.
The start of the film was a bit of a blur, I couldn’t understand most of what was being said, so I wasn’t sure if I was watching the English version or not, Daniel Craig just seemed to be mumbling a lot in the first ten minutes or so, I honestly could not make out anything he was saying. And some more on the speech of the characters, I have often wondered this about movies that are set in foreign countries but where English is the language of the actual film, why do they speak with accents? In reality, the characters wouldn’t be speaking English, Daniel Craig wasn’t speaking with an accent, so why was Rooney Mara? I can understand it if it’s a film based in a foreign country and the language of the film is English, if someone speaks with an accent to signify that that character is from a different country or something, but in this film everyone is meant to be Swedish. So if everyone is Swedish, but everyone is speaking English, why bother having some with English accents, and some with Swedish accents? I don’t have the answers for those question, so I’ll move on.
There was quite a bit of sex in the film (I already said I haven’t read the book, and apparently there’s even more in the book, so I guess the film was toned down even), I just wonder if there was actually any point to it all, the fat government official guy, what was the point of that? Was that a bit of character build up or was that just the author’s fantasy? I don’t know, but it didn’t seem relevant to me, pretty much that whole side of the story didn’t seem particularly relevant (yeah, we know she’s been mistreated and hard done by for years, that’s why she is the way she is). Any way, also I’d like to make the point that it was a shame that the character Rooney Mara was playing looked the way she did, she looks a lot better in normal make up and dress, that’s all I’m saying :D.
To be honest, I think I had one other thing to comment on about the film, but it was a while ago and now I’ve forgotten, it might have had to do with the lovey dubby ending, but I can’t remember and that makes this review quite pathetic, but I haven’t posted anything here for a while so I thought I better post something before this blog is forgotten forever.
Picture from wikipedia.