Foreign films can, at times, be difficult to watch because you either have to invoke subtitles or you have to revert to dubbed versions. And no matter how hard film companies try to make the dubbed versions look as authentic as possible, it’s never the same as the original – and if you’re like me, the subtitles are annoying because you spend more time reading that watching.
With film’s like Stieg Larson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, one has to make the exception and grin and bear it too see what all the fuss is about. And this time, the fuss is right. The Swedish film trilogy, which saw the release of the second film The Girl Who Played With Fire on Blu-Ray and DVD combo packs this winter, it was time to take the plunge. I chose to watch the English dubbed version.
Mikael Blomkvist is about to run a story implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, but on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander.
The film concentrates on Lisbeth’s background, revealing everything you could ever want to know about her past. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behavior makes her an official danger to society – but no one can find her anywhere.
Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding ‘blond giant’ – a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain. Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander’s past life.
Although not as interesting as the first film, it is a great transition that should lead well to the third and final chapter. It does a great job telling us about Lisbeth’s past and continues to tread the lesbian side through her escapades with Miriam Wu. Someone could probably show Lisbeth how to use a razor, but the sexy
scenes are steamy and revealing. So far both films in the series are absolute must-see pictures, and I can’t imagine The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest being any different. If you are leery about Foreign films, I suggest this series to be your introduction to the world outside Hollywood.
It should be noted that there is a DVD version, a Blu-Ray version and a Combo DVD and Blu-Ray version. The combo version suffers from a less sexy cover than the Blu Ray.
Part 3 of Larsson’s bestselling series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, hit theatres this winter. Meanwhile, Hollywood is prepping an English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for 2011, reportedly starring Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Agent 007 himself, Daniel Craig. The subtitled original is now on DVD, and highly recommended before viewing Part 2.