The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) David Fincher
Ok, out of curiousit only have I watched this…I was sure that this couldn`t hold a candle to the original, and I was right.How could Fincher agree to make a remake? That , I think, is below him, really.
But ok, what the hell…Hollywood is robbing good ideas from Asia and Europe for a long time now…every Euro-Hit, you can be sure , they will make a version for the US-market. Because subtitles or dubbing is something the american market has never really warmed up to, but is very common in Europe and other parts of the world.
Since you can buy the rights easily with the big pockets of Hollywood, that kind of modus operandi won`t change in the near future, I`m afraid.
I won`t go too deep into it, because that would need some serious work, which I am not willing to invest here.
I`m sure somebody else will take on that challenge or it has already been done.
First of all, Rooney Mara is outright ugly here , in the role of Lisbeth Salander. Noomi Rapace looks beautiful, even with a mohawk. She has eyes to drown in and a presence about her, that is captivating. Mara looks like an ugly , half-dead china doll, with no sexual appeal I could detect.
She and Craig had no chemistry , whatsoever…Nyqvist may not be the sexiest man alive, but at least you could understand that he was attracted to Rapace. Rapace was very likeable and believable, something that Mara was not. She was acting the part, but I didn`t believe it for a second. It is like the Nightmare remake, same story, different actor…not working. The opening sequence was a music video, like you would expect from a James Bond movie….I was thinkin..”What is This?”- For your Oil only? Totally unfitting, uncalled for opening. I guess, they wanted to open the movie in a cool way, paving the way for a cool, gothic-looking Mara, but it had nothing to do with the story-at all.
When you have seen the original trilogy, you can`t help but asking”Why?”…why remake it…it was perfectly done the first time around…why a lukewarm remake…but that`s Hollywood these days, money…no other reason.
Do yourself a favour and watch the originals, the long version….haven`t read the books, but I am sure they rule….and there is plenty that was left out..but that is normal when adapting for the screen.
I couldn`t find info about the budget of the originals, but I `m sure it was just a small portion in total, of what they spent on the first remake….will there be more, are they doing all three? Or is this it? I don`t know and I don`t care, cuz it won`t be able to make me forget the originals… I didn`t like the score, either….the whole film was boring, of course..partly cuz I knew the story already….no more surprises or moments of awe….it is just a little different, trying to be even darker. But that cannot be achieved just through the dark images, Fincher is known for…
In the end, once I`ve seen Rapace as Lisbeth,I wasn`t able to warm up to another actress plaing that part.
Plus, the sequels of the swedish trilogy came out fairly quick, which helped a lot….if they are doing all three parts, it will take at least a year , til a second, and another year for the third part to arrive at cinemas. I am sure, the buzz will be lost by then. This isn`t LOTR. But most of all…
Watch the originals, subtitles ain`t that bad….and keep in mind, it was made for TV, only the quality of it made it go to theatres. The great Noomi Rapace and the great cast in general makes this so much better, money and A-list stars cannot undo this.
The original swedish title of the first novel was ” Men who hate women”.
A title, which describes the story of the first book very well, and also the whole backstory for Lisbeth Salander.
We are subjected to domestic abuse, rape, murder and human trafficking. A dark, disturbing trilogy, best comsumed in its original form.