Monday, November 14, 2011

Our best movie discovery this year


We made a great cinematic discovery over the weekend after we ran out of familiar stuff to watch on streaming video.

It’s “The Girl Trilogy,” three Swedish-language films beginning with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” continuing with “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and concluding with lisbeth_v2-e1270846964571“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

They’re based on the best-selling novels by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson and they star Noomi Rapace in the title role.

I predict Noomi will be a very big deal in U.S. cinema. She’s in the new Sherlock Holmes movie and is certain to have a stellar career.

We started watching the first movie on streaming Netflix, but it kept hanging up, so we switched over to’s free streaming movies for Amazon Prime members and ended up with better HD and no interruptions.

We watched the first two films with English subtitles and the third dubbed in English. I think I prefer subtitles, but it’s not a big deal.

What puzzles me is the fact that an American re-make of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is coming out next month. The title role in the re-make is played by Rooney Mara who, at least in the promotional material, isn’t remotely interesting compared with Rapace.

Before you gamble on the re-make, do yourself a favor and see the original. Odds are, you’ll be hooked and compelled to finish the story with the second and third films.

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