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But more than just the plot, I enjoyed Daniel Craig's performance where he showed a little more humanity instead of just the tough badass that he usually plays (he was still a badass, but a slightly defeated, more vulnerable one and an intellectual journalist that relies on brains more than brawn).
Yet the scene-stealer was most definitely Rooney Mara, who plays the title character Lisbeth by walking the line between bravery and stupidity, vulnerability and strength, sadness and hopefulness. She is a fascinating character that has been destroyed by the government and is used by her employers, trustee, and even Craig's character, who appears to be the only person she actually trusts in her life.
The ending was the perfect cliffhanger, with Craig shattering Lisbeth's faith in others once again after she'd finally opened herself up to someone. She's a therapist's dream (or nightmare, perhaps) with so many layers, walls built up, reservations about any and everyone--for good reason.
She's the product of what any of us could have gone through, and there is something so admirable about her strength and fearlessness in many ways despite all the hardships she's encountered.
I'm honestly not sure if I want to read the second or third books because I enjoyed this movie so much without having read the first book.
Have any of you read the series? What did you like/dislike? What do you recommend I do: read or just watch?