My estimation of whether or not a movie I’ve just watched was “a good movie” is largely determined by how much that movie sticks with me in the hours and days after I watch it. Simply put, something that your brains keeps returning to, and which you keep thinking about, can probably be considered a good movie. After all, it’s the best movies that leave us thinking about its components, turning over and examining the individual ideas and concepts which make up the whole.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a good movie. We watched it the other night, and I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot since. My first thought as we watched the end credits roll was summed up when I told Victoria “movies like this can’t be made in American anymore”. Sure, they’ll trot out an Americanized version of it, which will strip the movie of all of its original strength and smooth off all of the rough edges for the delicate American palate. But it’s unlikely an original movie like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would ever get the green light in the States.