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Seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as Exercise

You know you aren’t well yet when half your exercise for the day is walking to the multiplex to see the latest release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

My Christmas Nightmare this year was an horrendous head cold kicking off on Christmas eve. You can read about it here.

Suffice it to say three days later I was still not able to do anything as strenuous as riding my bike.

So, what about Stieg Larsson’s international whodunit and whodunwho bestseller just made into a major movie … The Girl …?

First, you need to dissect the dichotomy of viewers. I happen to be one of the 43 million readers who inhaled The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. In addition, I also saw (and own the videos) the three Swedish made versions of the trilogy. The Swedish film version earned more than $100 million at the worldwide box office and was the biggest foreign-language art-house hit in North America since the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, according to Time Magazine.

As Joe Morgenstern said In the Wall Street Journal, “If you saw it, however, there’s no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it.”

Noomi Rapace

The main reason you can’t unsee the original is the job Noomi Rapace does in breathing fire into The Girl. Rapace’s Lizbeth Salander is a force of nature in the guise of a waif-like little girl who happens to be an ace computer hacker and general ass-kicker. While NFL Royalty Rooney Mara’s version is more of an alien creature from another planet still learning our ways on earth. Mara creates a viable character but she seems more reactive  as opposed to Rapace’s high energy proactive version.

Rooney Mara

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