Washington, DC, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Adapting popular novels or short stories into successful movies is never an easy task. Comparisons between the literary material and the film that is made out of it are inevitable and generally, the merits of cinematic adaptations fail to match up to the lofty qualities of the original stories (most of the movies that have been made by adapting Stephen King’s novels would bear testimony to that fact!). Even the wildly successful ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise did not quite manage to capture the magic of the books, as all Potter-maniacs would agree. When it was announced that ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, the prize-winning crime novel by Swedish writer Steig Larsson, would be made into a film, speculations grew among movie-buffs as to whether the movie would be able to do justice to the fantastic plot of the book. Director David Fincher (of ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’, ‘The Social Network’ fame), however, manages to put all such doubts to rest by making a smart, stylish and polished movie. ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, for most parts, is as good (and, at times, better!) than the actual novel.
‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ relates the tale of ‘Mikael Blomkvist’ (Daniel Craig), the proprietor of the ‘Millenium’ magazine, who gets into a legal tussle with ‘Hans-Erik Wennerstrom’, a corporate executive with distinctly shady intentions. Blomkvist loses the lawsuit and his professional future (along with the prospects of the ‘Millenium’ magazine) appears to be bleak. However, fate has other, elaborate plans for our protagonist. Blomkvist is summoned by ‘Henrik Vanger’ (Christopher Plummer) and when the two meet, Vanger reveals that he has a specific task in mind for the former. So, what is this assignment that ‘Vanger’ wants ‘Blomkvist’ to perform? For those who are not familiar with the novel’s storyline, ‘Vanger’s niece, ‘Harriet’, had disappeared 40 years ago and the former now wants Blomkvist to look into this case which has remained unsolved for so long. Tasks do not come much trickier than this!
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