The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

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Remake of the acclaimed Swedish thriller based on bestselling Stieg Larsson's novel.

Rooney Mara,Daniel Craig
2 hours, 37 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director David Fincher
Starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig
Supporting actors Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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330 of 359 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
A disgraced financial journalist, and a young antisocial computer hacker join forces to solve the 40 year old mystery of a teenage girl's disappearance. As they do so, they get drawn into serious crime and corruption, deadly family secrets, and a string of unsolved murders of young women spanning fifty years, which puts their own lives at unbelievable risk. Will they solve the mystery before they become history?

When I saw the original movie series about two years ago, I was awestruck by mostly the awesome acting of Noomi rapace, and the movie's visual style, and it's inherent raunchiness, which is more common in stylish European thrillers than slick Hollywood movies. When I heard there would be an English version, I thought this would be a hard act to follow, and without Noomi Rapace as the female lead would not be the same, because she was so much an integral element of the original movies success.

In the meantime I listened to the audiobook version featuring Simon Vance, which I also found quite enjoyable. He does all the voices including Lisbeth with a slight Swedish accent that veers toward cockney. The story is much more detailed with many elements glossed over or left out of the original movie.

So, when I heard it was about to be released, and saw the trailer, and understood the pedigree behind this movie with David Fincher directing, and Daniel Craig as Blomquist, I made a point of going to the evening show before its official opening today.

Inevitably, one cannot help but compare with the previous experience. Definitely, the fact that this is in English is the greatest justification for the remake, so for many people who are distracted by subtitles this will automatically be a better experience.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I always thought an English redo of TGWTDT (or the Men Who Hate Woman as the original Swedish novel is clumsily titled) was utterly pointless. From watching the end result you'll be mystified as to where the $90 million budget went (the 2009 version cost $13 million). Thankfully the movie itself offers a bigger mystery to distract you from that, but globally the 2009 was far more successful and made more money. It seems that $90 million was spent simply to appeal to Americans who couldn't be bothered reading subtitles.

The story is mostly the same to Niels Arden Oplev's interpretation, with a few relatively minor deviations and contractions. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig, not even bothering to attempt a Swedish accent) is disgraced journalist who is hired by Henrik Vanger, a wealthy old businessman, to solve the 40-year-old disappearance of his favorite niece Harriet. He takes the job to keep busy while his name and reputation turns to mud.

Mikael throws himself head-first into the case but soon requires an assistant and so he recruits Lisbeth Salander, a misanthropic genius who did the background check on him. Together they uncover decades of dark family secrets and the wrath of a still active killer.

Like Niels Arden Oplev before him, David Fincher almost gets the balance between visual and verbal storytelling right, but loses his grasp on the multiple characters and references to dates, places, and people. Some of the dialogue that should orientate the viewer regarding such things is too quiet, quick, and mumbled. Inattentive viewers will not find this film easy to follow. It does however have far superior photography to the 2009 version, which I thought looked flat and plain and was shot nasty Super-35.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Much like Michael Mann's Public Enemies, Fincher's surprisingly watered-down version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo feels like it's been made by a technician eager to demonstrate what he can do and obsessing over trivia rather than developing plot or characters. The usually reliable Steve Zaillian's screenplay is superficially solidly constructed, making unexciting changes to move things along or smooth out some of the perceived problem areas to be more mainstream audience-friendly, albeit with a misguidedly dragged out ending, but for such a talky film it's hobbled by disastrously on the nose dialogue. Everyone speaks like a movie trailer, saying exactly what they mean in easily digestible soundbites and overexplaining every potential plot point to the nth degree (Craig's first meeting with Rooney, where he tells her to get rid of her girlfriend and join him in hunting "a man who kills women" is especially tin-earred). There's no nuance or subtlety here, so determined is he to make sure you don't miss anything important.

Even worse, that extends to the casting. Aside from Stellan Skarsgard and Steven Berkoff's decent work, most of the cast give decent but familiar `movie actor' performances that don't exactly inhabit the characters or convince you they're real people rather than stock characters but keep things moving along (Craig is pretty much reprising his Archangel role with a nod to the torture scene from Casino Royale that has you half expecting Mads Mik to turn up again while Christopher Plummer seems to be playing his kindly and cheerful billionaire like a retired Captain Von Trapp), yet the typecasting is so crude that the moment you first see him, you'll know exactly who the killer is.
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