The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Steven Zallian (screenplay) Stieg Larsson (Novel)
Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara
Here we have David Finchers version of the stunning Stieg Larsson novel of the same name. My immediate fear was that Hollywood would dumb down the brilliance of the written word and produce something that that was more accessible to a main stream audience. Thankfully finding out that the certification for the film was 18 was the first reassurance that the upsetting subject matter would be dealt with properly on screen.
A lot of people, like myself, will have read the novel and seen the original Swedish version directed by Niels Arden Oplev and will have had predetermined ideas about how this new version should look and perhaps what will be missed or added to. When ever I go and watch a film it is with open eyes and hopefully the ability to accept that we all see things in different ways. But I am sure that there are many people who will see this story as untouchable and we should just be seeing an English speaking remake.
The opening credits did start to leave me a bit hesitant about what we were going to see, images of what seemed liked rubber melting in to various film related shapes seemed very glossy, but the brilliant soundtrack produced by Trent Reznor readys you for the hard hitting nature of the film to come.
It seems as though everyone and his dog has been raving about the performance of Rooney Mara's interpretation of the dark, troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, and I have to agree. She displays all the characteristics you want to see and makes you both want to hep and fear this intense and complex woman. Her encounters with her new Guardian show us the lengths she is willing to go to to ensure that anyone that treats improperly will never forget her. Her portrayal of Lisbeth is fantastic and her relationships with all of the supporting cast give you the impression of a woman who wants to find a man in the world who she can trust. The one thing I did find odd was the differing hairstyles that Lisbeth sported throughout the film, I don't think this woman in the real world would be that bothered about that aspect of her appearance so much!
In the opposite corner we have Daniel Craig who plays the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist who has been disgraced in a court case and is employed by a Swedish Industrialist, Henrik Vanger, to investigate the disappearance/murder of his niece Harriet. Craig does a great job of creating the man who becomes embroiled in an investigation that will see him investigating the whole Vanger family and uncovering some extremely dark secrets. And from here we see the relationship between Salander and Blomkvist blossom!
The other hyped remake of a Swedish classic Let The Right One In showed us that Hollywood can do a good job of Scandinavian brilliance. Where as Let Me In picked up on different elements of the book, this new version of Dragon Tattoo introduces a new audience that may fear a subtitled movie to a magnificent, harsh and intricate story.
To sum up, a worthy partner to the Swedish original. Although it surprised me, even the ending of the film didn't do enough to put me off. But can somebody please tell me why Daniel Craig's Blomkvist didn't have a Swedish accent?