Those of you with an aversion to subtitles will have to wait until 2012 for David Fincher’s Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The rest of us can meanwhile enjoy this excellent adaptation of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s global bestseller – the first instalment of his posthumously published Millennium trilogy of crime thrillers.
Over 500 pages long, Larsson’s story has a fiendishly intricate – and fiendishly gripping – plot. Fortunately, director Niels Arden Oplev’s adroitly streamlined but strikingly faithful screen version carries the viewer through every twist and turn of the story as Larsson’s odd couple hero and heroine, campaigning journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk-Goth computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, investigate the mysterious 40-year-old disappearance of a wealthy industrialist’s great-niece.
Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace make an ideal Blomkvist and Salander, and you won’t have long to wait for their further adventures. The next instalment in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, comes out in the UK at the end of August, with the final part, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, scheduled for release in late November.
If you’re determined to hold out for a non-subtitled movie version, however, then come 2012 you may get to see Carey Mulligan and Daniel Craig in the lead roles (or so the current rumour goes) but they’ll be very hard pressed to match Nyqvist and Rapace’s intensity and integrity.
Released on 19th July. Read the full review.