The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews
In the end you feel just how the girl with the dragon tattoo feels.
- I thought this was a really well made film. I haven't seen the original yet so can't compare them, but this very was good. I really like Rooney Mara in the lead role and Daniel Craig was good as well. Fincher is on quite a hot streak in my opinion, in fact I have pretty much liked all his films. Check it out!
Mara Rooney dug deep into this role, that comes off lie a female superhero. Jessica drw is pretty much the Salamander charcters with powers. She plays the part with great contrast to Daniel Craig, whos charcter's life is tough in different ways. The list of potential suspects are also performed well and lead you to believe anyone on this little island could be the criminal. One such performance is by the gentle men from marvels "Thor/Avengers", who gives a layered performance of his character who is also putting on a performance.
Having never seen the original or first adaption of the source material I am totally unaware of what could have been. Critics say it was more faithful to the books, but nevertheless. This adaption is moving and confident with each step. The Swedish setting was a nice change of pace from the Americas that we most often see on film. In between the meaty parts, this thriller does seem like a TV show thats gone on far too long. This is due in part to it needed to cover so much ground in order to get to the next reveal and because they are leadin up to sequels. Being a lover of sequels and having a potential looming by the Evil Dead director, I honestly hope Rooney comes back due to her commitment to the role. Otherwise we might get the same girl from all Alvarez's movies, Jane Levy. The film is worth more than one watch
I found this very difficult with Fincher's take, in which the story and characters are kept at arms length from the audience. Lisbeth is also much colder and withdrawn, and although nobody can possibly condone the terrible things that she has had to endure in her troubled past, I found little in her to sympathise with. Likewise, Daniel Craig's Mickael is more of a husk and defeated man, and unlike the Swedish version, I felt no real bond or connection between the two main leads in both the solving of the crime/mystery with which they were presented, and the personal emotional connection which they flirt with while trying to crack the case.
Due largely to Lisbeth's abusive past, the audience can accept that such a person would naturally be cautious and keep their cards close to their chest. But in the Swedish version this accomplished whilst also showing us glimpses of warmth, emotion, and humanity, whereas Fincher decides to keep Lisbeth more or less catatonic. I cannot possibly get on board with a character like that, even I do regret hearing about her abusive past.
To summarise, buy and watch the far superior Swedish version. 3/5
Otherwise Good actors n over-all plot (but like I said it was drawn out).