The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

December 20, 2011 by staff 

The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Given its dominance on international bestseller lists and at the box office over the past few years, you’d think we’d know what The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy is all about by now.

Sure, we know Stieg Larsson’s story of a girl sleuth with a giant chip on her shoulder zapped something in the zeitgeist. Those who have read the books, seen the recent Swedish films, or perused premature critiques will also know the basic plot: A disgraced magazine editor is hired to investigate an old, unsolved murder.

Over the course of his inquiry, he forms an unlikely friendship and allegiance with a mysterious woman with a large, reptilian tattoo. Together, they unravel the case, but there is always more to these stories than meets the eye.

The subject matter is generic thriller pap: rich heirs, debauched sex, fet**h-laden violence. Even the female perspective isn’t original. So what nerve did Larsson prick with the character of Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo?

David Fincher seems to rub the right spot in his English-language take on the Scandinavian phenomenon, because he scratches at the scab of revenge, the very base, but altogether human, urge for punishment.

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