It. Was. Amazing.
Everyone needs to see this movie. I know that it might scare some people off since it's REALLY violent and there are two explicit rape scenes in it, but you should see it anyway. Cover your eyes during the scary parts if you have to, I almost did.
And that's the thing about this movie: it's so "R" and it doesn't apologize for doing so, and it really doesn't leave much to the imagination which it makes it all the more realistic. Like, i actually believed what was going on, not that it was just Daniel Craig wearing chunky sweaters and the girl from "The Social Network" in a different costume. I could look at the movie and call the characters by their character's name, not just "the guy that Daniel Craig played" which is a pretty big deal. I got so into it that I truly believed the story. And I was rooting for them!
Another great asset to this movie is Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. It may be a long shot, but I'm hoping she gets an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. I mean, to take a part like that, where the girl is very conflicted, sometimes wordless, aggressive, and only lets out emotion when she's truly vulnerable is very impressive. This character has been imagined in many people's heads for a while, and even though I hadn't read the whole book when I saw it, I could tell she was doing the role justice. Also, this actress really hasn't been in a lot of movies or has had many substantial parts, and for her to break out in a role like this is really impressive. I had no idea she could be this good. It's not like she was playing Cinderella or something, I mean, this character is sexually abused to an extreme and has this crazy mysterious past, and Mara makes it all very believeable. The scene wher she gets revenge on her abuser is the best in the whole movie, I must say; everyone in the theatre clapped and was like, "Yes!"
Now I've picked up the book again and I'm loving it. The book is as equally engaging as the movie was, though it does kind of stink to know what happens already. Whether you choose to read the book first or not before you see the movie, you won't be dissapointed.
*Side note: I also saw "The Artist" last night, which is a silent black and white film, but it was great, and I don't understand how anyone could NOT like it. So there's a second reccomendation!
(pic from http://www.onlinemovieshut.com/tag/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-poster)