The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: worth it?

Guest post by Anna Wynveen

Bort (a.k.a) Anna Wynveen fills her free hours playing synthesizer with Kill City Kids and Lamontasaurus, and shouting to the wind at mulled-whine.blogspot.com.

 

I sat down to write a quick review of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I soon realized that, not only is a quick review impossible, but I’m definitely not qualified to handle a discussion about this movie.

The story centres around Lisbeth Salander, a bisexual goth-geek private investigator.  She is hired by an excommunicated reporter to help solve the case of a missing woman.  Lisbeth is the victim of abuse (a long painful history is implied but not shared with the audience), and the film contains a graphic scene of her being raped by her social worker.  Did I say graphic?  I meant GRAPHIC.  It was definitely not an overtly sexy, Eminem-Rihanna depiction of violence against women.  But is it ever possible to portray sexual violence without it being sexualized?  And is this just the latest in a line of stories, written by men, which aim to titillate viewers with graphic depictions of men raping and murdering women?

Ugh.  I just don’t know.  But I would caution anyone who is sensitive to graphic depictions of violence to avoid this movie.

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