Based on a swedish novel that is the first part to the Millennium series, telling a story of a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) investigating an event of a missing woman. As he progresses, he gets help from a dark and mysterious girl, Lisbeth Salander (Mara), who has brilliant researching and computer hacking skills.
I’ve got to say, Lisbeth Salander is one of the most intriguing and captivating characters I have ever seen on screen. She has become one of my favourite movie characters and no one else could have done better job than Rooney Mara.
Her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander outstands Noomi Rapace’s performance in the 2009 film of the same name. The character of Salander was further developed through Mara with more self conscious and identification. She is more than a gothic computer geek and you would think she’s the ‘baddie’ from how the camera reflects her in dark and mysterious shots. However, there is more to her than what meets the eye.
(That’s her when she physically transforms to help Mikael – gorgeous)
Lisbeth is mentally damaged and vulnerable, which her aggressive and vengeful behaviour derives from, and her genius-like intellect is admirable. Her affection towards Mikael allows her to capture the audiences’ trust and respect, displaying strong chemistry on screen.
Some scenes are hard to watch, very dark, brutal and thrilling. Even getting closer to the answers through the investigation brings discomfort because it’s more dangerous. “Some one in the family killed Harriot” and that someone could still be alive, keeping a close watch. The exciting thing about this movie is that we (audience) only find out who the murderer is when the Mikael and Lisbeth figure it out, so the whole time it’s heart-racing and compelling, which makes this a satisfying complex film and great adaptation to the swedish version.