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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.
Brutal and unrelenting
Nobody can really pull off the two above adjectives like David Fincher (if you've seen Seven or Fight Club you'll know exactly what I'm talking about). This film was preceded by a fantastic marketing campaign and I couldn't wait to see what Fincher had done with the first and best part of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. I was not disappointed. The pacing of the Swedish original was a bit off if you ask me, but the same can't be said of this: I was hooked from start to finish. Snappy dialogue, intriguing plot twists, fantastic acting, exquisite cinematography and eerie music, this has it all. Furthermore Mara and Craig kick Rapace and Nyqvist respectively into the middle of next week. To those who say it is too long, I say I am a fairly restless person and not once did I look at my watch in the cinema, and to those who say there isn't enough action, go watch The Expendables, this isn't about cheap, vicarious thrills. What it is is film-making at its very finest. I highly anticipate the sequel. Even though The Girl Who Played With Fire doesn't lend itself as naturally to the screen as this, if it's even half as good as Dragon Tattoo, it's bound to be a cracker.
Hmmmmm. Tricky one this. Having read the book and then seen the Swedish version, its kind of hard to fully judge this on its own terms as you know exactly what is going to happen in every single scene; as a result of this I think my review is kinda tainted by not feeling any kind of suspense in the film, as it pretty much is a scene by scene remake of the film from two years ago. Having said that it is very well put together with the slick production values you have come to expect from David Fincher; excellent photography, a cracking script, slick editing and a pace that fully utilises its over two hours running time.
If you've not seen the original film, or read the book, I think you'll probably get quite a lot out of this
Easy review for me
I have seem this release at the cinema and the Swedish trilogy. Although I can't criticise anyone preferring the originals, this remake for me is superior. The story is easier to follow and the characters more believable. There is not a great deal in it but the price of the download is disappointing.
Overall it's one of the best films I have ever seem.
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 2011
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