Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (the American version) is based on the wildly popular book of the same title, written by Stieg Larsson.
I’ve heard rave reviews about the movie, but I found it rather tedious for a thriller. I also thought it was more than disturbing and rife with nihilism. Of course evil and darkness exist and should be discussed, but there are different ways of doing that. This movie seems to celebrate darkness even though the main characters are trying to catch a killer. (Also, the rating probably should have been NC-17 rather than R.)
Lisbeth Salander, the “heroine,” calls herself insane, and she’s at least disturbed. I’m sure some people like her because she can take care of herself, in the sense that if people mess with her, they will pay. But she is also not concerned about legalities or morality. Of course, not many of the characters seem concerned about morality.
I came away from the movie thinking about a quote I discussed with my mom recently. It’s one that seems applicable, perhaps especially because it has many interpretations. It is, ”The best revenge is living well.” In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “Food for thought!”