The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Steven Zaillian
Based on: Stieg Larsson’s novel
Remake of: Män som hatar kvinnor
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic
Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a journalist in trouble. Not only has he just been convicted of libel, but the magazine he edits is experiencing financial difficulties because of it. But then he gets an offer from Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), rich retired business man. Vanger wants Mikael to research his great-niece Harriet’s disappearance 36 years ago, in the hope that he can discover something new. At the same time Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), young borderline researcher, gets the job to look into Mikael and his libel case.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in almost all counts the better movie compared with its Swedish predecessor. Too bad they messed up the ending.
The movie had me straight away with the opening credits (that are frankly amazing) and the soundtrack that is completely awesome right from the start – and continues to be the entire time. If yout thought the Social Network soundtrack was great, wait till you hear this one.
And then there’s of course the cast to drool over. Daniel Craig is fantastic, Ronney Mara is really good (though she isn’t quite as brilliant as Noomi Rapace, admittedly) and David Fincher works them to perfection.
And the pacing and the script really are much better than the original. The rape scene was not as bad as I thought it would be, Steven Zaillian has a better handle on Lisbeth as a character and they managed to stick to the book more closely.
In fact, everything was extremely fantastic – until the last two minutes or so where they turn the entire power dynamic between Mikael and Lisbeth completely on its head. It was always Mikael trying to get more from Lisbeth and then suddenly it wasn’t anymore – and Lisbeth as much as the film suffer from that.
Surprisingly I did not care at all about the changed solution for the murder mystery – but those two minutes bothered me A LOT. But since it’s a pretty small flaw for a film otherwise made of awesome, I’m willing to forgive.
Summarising: Watch it.
Also, did I mention how much I hate this poster for the film?
It puts Lisbeth in an extremely vulnerable position (naked and held, and not lovingly) – with the only guy she trusts (apart from her first guardian) – and no sense of control or strength from her at all. Complete fail for a character who fights for every bit of control over everything she can get her hands on.