Review: The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, now playing at Manor Theatre | CLT Blog

Review: The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, now playing at Manor Theatre

Posted on 3 May 2010 by Kristin R. Thomas

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo

The Regal Manor Theater is the location for independent films. I received an invite to attend a private screening for the critically acclaimed The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.

Now, I know what you are thinking: “bad title, sounds awful already.” But, don’t judge a book by its title, or in this case, don’t judge this film by its title.

As the lights go down in the theater, I looked at my friend that came along and did a thumbs up, in the hopes that I didn’t waste my gas for the trip to the theater. But within 10 minutes into the film, I was drawn and captivated by the mystery of the storyline.

Lisbane Salander (Noomi Rapace) is the female lead character, and you want to know more about her as soon as she appears on the screen. She has nose, ear and lip piercings, and a tattoo of a dragon on her back. When you see the sadness in her eyes, you know she comes with a story that explains her outside appearance.

Michael Nvqvist plays a disgraced journalist facing jail time, but gets offered to investigate a decade-old mystery of the missing Harriet Vanger. Lisban joins the investigation with Nvqvist, and together they face family obstacles and create a bond of soulful understanding.

Without telling you too much, I’ll just say that this is a flawless film. I have not been able to say that for some time now. There were no points that stuck out as being out of place, and everything tied up perfectly in the end — no unanswered questions here.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is playing now at the Manor Theatre (click here for showtimes). This film is raw, gritty, heart-wrenching, captivating, funny and suspenseful. Go see it, you won’t regret it. And once you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments.

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