I didn’t like Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books much. I’ve read a lot of crime fiction, and for me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stands out as a bad example with an over-the-top plot and a shallow sense of suspense.
The only thing about the franchise I enjoyed was the first Swedish movie. Parts two and three are very bleak in comparison, but part one has good pacing shows lots of beautiful Swedish scenery. Both Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace give terrific performances as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.
Against my better judgement, I went and saw the American remake as well. As expected, it didn’t bring anything new to the table, and most scenes felt like lesser versions of their originals. Sure, Daniel Craig is hot, but to me, Michael Nyqvist is more charismatic. By the way, Michael Nyqvist stars in the new Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol along with Tom Cruise. I haven’t seen that one yet, but I will as soon as I get the chance.