Most of the time when I write about a book being made into a movie I am comparing Hollywood’s interpretation to the author’s. This time it’s a little different. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO has been made into a movie, but not in Hollywood. The movie, which is in theaters now, is Swedish (as of course was the book) and it’s a whole different ballgame than the Hollywood razzle dazzle.
The movie is long and a bit graphic, but that’s not the part that’s so un-Hollywood. It’s the casting that was really different from how Hollywood does it. The characters actually look the way they are described in the book. Like real people. They’re not Hollywood buff. No one appeared to have any Botox in their foreheads and there were attractive women that were actually over 40 and looked it. Yay for Sweden. Hollywood should take a lesson.
In addition to that, it’s a really good movie. Very true to the book, wonderfully acted and directed. Of course, Hollywood also has the rights so it should be interesting to see how the American version differs not just from the book, but from this Swedish film adaptation. Stay tuned…
As for other books on the big screen, I haven’t gotten around to checking out the two recent movies based on Nicholas Sparks books, DEAR JOHN and THE LAST SONG, but both looked interesting. I hate to admit that I didn’t make it to the theater for THE BLIND SIDE, but now that it’s out on video I’ll definitely being Netflixing it.
And if you haven’t heard, in August EAT, PRAY, LOVE will be released. I’ve heard a few negative comments about Julia Roberts playing the lead – but I’m reserving judgment until I see it.
Do you have a favorite screen adaptation? Least favorite? Do tell.