This weekend, "Divergent" opens in theatres. It is based on a book from a popular series, and fans are hoping the film will live up to the promise of the book. Indeed, whenever movie makers buy the rights to a beloved book series, they face the prospect of disappointing loyal fans. Both Swedish and American filmmakers concluded that "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," the first of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series was worth making. The 2011 Hollywood version, directed by David Fincher, reached the largest audience.
This version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist who has just lost a major libel case. His career is in shambles as a result and when a rich, aging industrialist (played by Christopher Plummer) asks him to investigate the disappearance of his niece, he reluctantly agrees to a meeting. Mikael thinks this investigation will be a waste of time, since the missing girl disappeared 40 years earlier, and no one has made any real progress in the case. But given his professional and financial troubles, he agrees to look into the matter. When he decides he needs a partner, Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara) is brought in. Victim of an extremely rough childhood, Lisbeth is a skilled computer hacker with an iron-trap mind, but with few social graces.
Fincher's film stays true to the beloved novel. It is a very complex and unpredictable story with lots of suspense.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" has an excellent cast. Daniel Craig is strong as Mikael, who works hard to investigate the disappearance, even though he does not think it is a good idea. Rooney Mara gives a masterful performance as Lisbeth. Although she is short, thin, and pale, she is menacing in almost every scene. Mara earned an Academy Award nomination.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is a must-see for fans of the book, as well as fans of mysteries.