Elizabeth L Spenser

Elizabeth L Spenser

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Directed by Niels Arden Ople and starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace.   This Swedish film is the story of a troubled woman with a haunting past, who is working as a researcher and a man who is working as a reporter.  The two are brought together by the suspected murder of a sixteen-year-old girl 40 years ago.  This film is about taking back control that has been previously taken away forcefully.   This film is a very gritty film and is much grittier and raw than most American films.  Also, in this film the main female character saves the main male character, which I find is much different than most American films.  Another difference is the lack of product placement.  Although this film was not particularly an incredibly beautiful film, the overall scenery of the film is beautiful in that it is very representational of the struggles and emotions of the story.  The colors of the film are also representative of the story throughout–the brightening of the colors intensify as the film moves on.  Also, the form and size of the scenes are also closely linked with what’s happening and the emotions of the story.  The acting in this film was very believable and fluid.  There was no problem believing that the characters were who they said they were.   The technical aspects were very prominent and well done.  There were many times when the lighting was used to add drama and times when the focus of the shot was used to make a point or suggestion.

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