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When you watch the film, you'll understand immediately why people are obsessed with its story. Fincher's movie, far truer to the novel than the Swedish version, will be a treat for fans of Larsson's series.
An elegant balance between light and dark, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo benefits from Fincher's ascetic treatment, and will silence any of the naysayers who felt the whole American version was little more than a money grab.
If you haven't seen the original Swedish film (which is highly recommended), this new version is good enough to recommend as a fair telling of the story with some really good performances and direction.
Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly -- just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.