The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews
David Fincher, the director who brought us memorable films such as Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is clearly capable at the helm of Stieg Larsson's masterpiece. Fincher gently steers the audience down two parallel winding paths where the travellers are spiralling in their own lives only to meet at a crucial junction. Before you know it, you're hooked and are unable to turn away. Under the surface of the mystery, David gives you haunting glimpses in to the disturbing and nauseating primal nature of man, which is brutal in its reality.
In a genre riddled with predictability and well-travelled twists and turns, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a refreshing breath of fresh air. Both Craig and especially, Mara only enhance Fincher's vision further with notable performances.
So, having recently spotted the Swedish version super cheap on Blu Ray, I naturally snapped it up and gave it a watch. I was surprised at how much better the Swedish version is in every single way. The story and characters are more engaging - the mystery of the crime itself is better told, and the characters are better portrayed, and this time around I actually felt a genuine bond between the two main leads, Lisbeth and Mickael.
This version also better depicts them tackling the crime together as a joint effort and team, and both Lisbeth and Mickael are fleshed out in more detail with their own personal problems.
In Fincher's version, Lisbeth is too cold, distant, and detached. In this version she is certainly odd, troubled, and somewhat disturbed, but she is also more warm and sympathetic. Likewise, I found Daniel Craig's Mickael to be a deadbeat nonentity who I almost couldn't care much about, but the Swedish Mickael is more spirited and likeable as a once respected journalist whose reputation and integrity appeared to have been compromised and future as a reporter in tatters.
I have not read the novel upon with both films are based, so I cannot say which one, if either, adheres more faithfully to the source material. What I can say is that if you not seen either version of the films, choose the Swedish version as it's incomparably superior to the American version in every single respect. 5/5