“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest”: The Films.

I just finished watching the best-selling Millennium trilogy written by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, directed by Niels Arden Oplev.

The films were all amazing. The lighting, angles, and direction of each film was very unique and professional. Oplev did a great job.

Even more credit goes to the man behind Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson. He presented each character very delicate and precise. The plot was very well put together and grabbing. I was on the edge of my couch seat for the whole 428 minutes of all three films combined.

My opinion of the films are very high, 9/10 stars. (:

However, what I had to say about the plot was that either Larsson had a ludicrous amount of hatred for me, which is ironic considering he was a man, or he just knew of the horrid, unspeakable things men do to other human beings.

Throughout the whole trilogy, there was rape, murder, sex, violence, child pornography, trafficking, and language. Now granted, murder, sex, violence, and language can be found today in many movies, and real life. However, child pornography, trafficking, and rape is what I believe a little too much for me. It was rated R for a reason, and being seventeen, I am legal to watch it without an adult. Which I did. My mother didn’t want to watch it and my father was away on business.

I just believe that Larsson perceived men to be, in the words of Lisbeth Salander, “Sadistic pigs and rapists.”

Horrible.

Gross.

And wrong.

I can’t begin to imagine living in a world with this everyday. Yes, I am, as are all of you reading this. However, more than half of us don’t live next door to a rapist, have a father with a double life as a trafficking boss, or fall asleep every night watching child pornography. And for those who do, you have problems and I pray the best for you.

Sure, not all men are sadistic pigs and rapists, but according to Larsson’s trilogy, all men, including those of government titles are sadistic pigs and rapists. It’s just sad to think that it is true somewhere in the world.

Either way, Larsson’s Millennium film trilogy was very good. I plan on reading the novels soon. It’s a shame, really. I usually read the books first before I see the movies. That how I like it. In my opinion, the books are always better. So Larsson’s novels will be outstanding compared to his films.

I would recommend the films to you all very highly.

2011 (c) Jennifer Gioia

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