Last year, I nervously went along to a publisher's preview screening of “Män som hatar kvinnor” (aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), not quite sure what to expect. After all, plenty (the majority?) of book-to-film adaptations fall pretty flat. For every triumph or masterpiece like The Lord of the Rings, there are plenty more fan favourite books that are turned into pretty dreadful films.
Adding to my nerves was the fact I wasn't sure how the crime fiction-loving female friend who accompanied me might react to a film with some pretty nasty violence against women in it. Fortunately, the Swedish production (with English subtitles) of “Män som hatar kvinnor” (aka the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was absolutely fantastic. On reflection, it was overall the best film I saw at the cinema in 2009.
You can read my full review of the film here.
So I am now very much looking forward to the New Zealand release of the second film in the series - The Girl Who Played with Fire - a release which is rapidly approaching. And for whatever reason, we actually get the film here in New Zealand before many other English-language countries (I'm not complaining), with the film hitting our cinemas from 27 July. So only a few weeks to wait. Apparently it will be released in the UK in August, and Australia in September.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite further, wherever you are, you can watch the English-language trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo below.
Have you seen the first film? What did you think? Have you read any of the Millennium Trilogy books? Are you looking forward to the movie release of The Girl Who Played with Fire? What do you think of crime novel-to-film adaptations? Which have been great? Okay? Disappointing?
Thoughts and comments welcome.