Book vs. Movie
I read the whole Millennium series and I have to confess that I was not such a huge fan as many others were. As far as the first book was concerned, I had already figured out the ending and I wasn’t too impressed with how the antagonist meets his end. I found many scenes in the novel to be very disturbing that I told myself I wouldn’t be interested in seeing the film, if one ever came out. The foreign version was made, starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist and I decided against watching it. When the American rendition came out, I still wasn’t quite convinced. I spoke to our movie librarian at work and he mentioned that he saw both, suggesting that the remake was less graphic. I borrowed it and saw how the story was transformed on screen. The plot wavers a bit (especially near the end), but it made for an interesting DVD. The opening credits got me thinking this was a James Bond flick and with Daniel Craig playing Blomkvist, it didn’t seem that far from the mark. The disturbing scenes still made me squirm but I was able to handle it. I can’t say which movie is better because I didn’t see the first one, but compared to the book, the American version did a pretty good job. I might even say that I enjoyed viewing Larsson’s work more than reading it. What do you think?