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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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Apr 13, 2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
David Fincher

Actors:
Daniel Craig
Rooney Mara
Christopher Plummer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, has just lost a libel suit and has resigned as co-owner of his magazine, Millennium. In the interim, he takes on the investigation of a 40 year-old disappearance case on behalf of the wealthy Henrik Vanger of Vanger Industries. With the help of the pierced, tattooed and capable computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, they uncover corruption that no one could have ever imagined.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For quite a while now Ive both wanted to see and not see David Finchers THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Maybe in a way Im a bit of a film snob because I didnt think that the film needed an American adaptation. I wanted to see the film because it looked outstanding and I didnt want to see it because I didnt see the point. Obviously now Ive watched the film and after all is said and done, the first thing to say is that I enjoyed it for the most part.

The first thing to point out that I liked about the movie was the excellent soundtrack put together by Atticus Finch and Trent Reznor. These fellas teamed up and did the soundtrack for Finchers The Social Network and won the Oscar for Best Original Score. They put together a near perfect soundtrack to accompany us through THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and I really look forward to seeing what else they bring us in the future.

The second thing to mention is that the casting for the film was nearly perfect for every character. Daniel Craig was an excellent choice for Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara (weird eyebrows aside) did a fantastic job as Lisbeth Salander. Additionally, I enjoyed everyone elses performances with the exception of Joely Richardson who manages to shock me every time shes in a movie with how appalling awful she is. I think even more shocking to me is how she manages to get work time and time again.

I had issues with the fact that this remake was apparently necessary to create, but the setting remained the same and the fact that everyone is supposed to be Swedish remained the same, but they all had to be English-speaking Swedes who only had a Swedish-ish accent. That really didnt add up to me because with all these things in effect, it seems like $90 million was spent just so people could watch an adaptation of the book they just read without subtitles. But my thoughts on that aside, the cast did a mostly good job with the accents (although my Swedish is a little rusty).

I wish I couldve gone into this movie without having read the book and without having seen the original film adaptation. Im trying to imagine what the film would be like without my knowledge of those things and I just cant do it. Taking the film at face value, its definitely an enjoyable (albeit very dark) watch. But the part of me that cant ignore all of it hated the fact that they drastically changed the ending in several major ways and just took some liberties that I felt werent at all necessary.
THE EXTRAS
The very first thing Ill say about the extras is how I absolutely love the packaging for this release. The cover art is gorgeous and the discs are beautiful as well, making this whole collection a little work of art. The movie is on one Blu-ray disc, while the special features are on a separate Blu-ray disc. And the last thing to note about the packaging is the Digital Copy, which is amazingly creative since it looks like a ripped copy of the movie, complete with the title written is faux Sharpie.

Men Who Hate Women: Daniel Craig, David Fincher, Rooney Mara and other members of the cast and crew discuss the phenomenon that is Stieg Larssons Millennium Trilogy in book and movie form. They also discuss the characters and basically this feature is more or less a really high-quality Making Of.

Now for the Characters feature, there is a TON of stuff to look at. In a way, its actually kind of overwhelming, however I can appreciate that this is a really comprehensive look at the main characters for fans of the movie.

For more background on Lisbeth Salander, you can look at: Casting Salander, Different in Every Way, The Look of Salander, Mara/Fincher, Irene Nesser and Salander Test Footage.

Similarly for Mikael Blomkvist, you can browse these features: Casting Blomkvist, Daniel Craig on Film Acting, Dressing Blomkvist and Investigation (stills) photogallery.

And lastly, for the character of Martin Vanger, you can check out these features: Stellan Skarsgrd on Film Acting, Psychopathy, Bondage, Torture, Wrapped In Plastic and Set Design(stills).

The On Location feature takes you onto the sets where THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was filmed. Theres a lot of material here to look through and each of the two locations have sub-features, so theres almost too much material to look through.

Sweden - Stockholm Syndrome, Stockholms Tunnelbana, Fuck These People, The End, Picture Wrap.

Hollywood - Casting Armansky, Armansky Audition, Thinking Evil Shit, Rape/Revenge, Int. Blomkvists Cottage, Int. Martins House, Int. Salanders Apartment

The next feature is Post Production where you can see how the whole film came together. The sub-features included are:
In The Cutting Room
ADR
Main Titles (Multi-Angle) With Commentary by Tim Miller of BLUR Studio
Visual Effects Montage

Then there is the Promotion feature which contains theatrical trailers, TV spots and one sheet. It additionally features Hard Copy and a Commentary on Hard Copy with Director David Prior. Hard Copy is a mock episode of the 90s-90s era tabloid show that was put together for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOOS internet promotion.

The last feature that you can check out is the only feature thats available on the Blu-ray disc that has the film on it. That feature is a Commentary by Director David Fincher.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Since this film review isnt comparing the Swedish film to the American version, I will try not to break the last of it down based on my opinions on those movies individually. I will however say, for those who are interested, that I believe the David Fincher adaptation to be a film that holds the attention of the audience much better than the Swedish version, but the Swedish version is a much truer adaptation of the book.

And without mentioning the Swedish version again, the Fincher adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a beautifully shot and pieced together film. The actors all took great care to do justice to their characters and just the overall direction that the film took was wonderful. As mentioned previously, I do have several issues with the film, but its still a way above average movie to watch regardless.
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4:11PM on 04/13/2012
I agree with Hoyle, although the ending was changed in this version, it didn't really take anything away from the story (except the 10 extra minutes needed to explain the Swedish ending). (minor spoilers below) The other thing I liked about the Fincher version was that the last scene followed much closer to the book and actually gives you a perspective on Salendar's life going forward. In the swedish version, Salander is far to "happy" by the end and seems to be all wrapped up
I agree with Hoyle, although the ending was changed in this version, it didn't really take anything away from the story (except the 10 extra minutes needed to explain the Swedish ending). (minor spoilers below) The other thing I liked about the Fincher version was that the last scene followed much closer to the book and actually gives you a perspective on Salendar's life going forward. In the swedish version, Salander is far to "happy" by the end and seems to be all wrapped up in a nice little package. IMO, I prefer the changes they made to the "reveal" and how they left the very end.
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3:32PM on 04/13/2012
Ending aside, I thought, in its way, this was a closer adaptation of the book. It certainly gave Erika Berger more of a character, and Martin also was given some more depth. And oddly enough I prefer Rooney Mara to Noomi Rapace as blasphemous as that may sound. I did however miss the sadness and anguish Michael Nyqvist brought to Mikael Blomqvist. Fincher seemed to actually give short shrift to Blomqvist's character arc. I know he's not really the lead, but I missed some of his complexity.
Ending aside, I thought, in its way, this was a closer adaptation of the book. It certainly gave Erika Berger more of a character, and Martin also was given some more depth. And oddly enough I prefer Rooney Mara to Noomi Rapace as blasphemous as that may sound. I did however miss the sadness and anguish Michael Nyqvist brought to Mikael Blomqvist. Fincher seemed to actually give short shrift to Blomqvist's character arc. I know he's not really the lead, but I missed some of his complexity.
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