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Film Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Directed by David Fincher, and based on the book by Stieg Larsson. Set in Sweden, the film starts with the the loss of a libel case by journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig). While debating his future at his near bankrupt co-owned magazine he receives a request to investigate a 36 year-old murder, in exchange for information that will overturn the libel case. Fortunately there's been a sufficient gap between watching the Swedish and US version that I can see the latter with a fresh eye. This new version weighs in at a hefty 2 hours and 28 minutes, albeit the previous Swedish version was only 6 minutes shorter. Inevitably it has higher production values and feels the slicker film. Rooney Mara does a great job of playing the titular girl with the dragon tattoo, definitely on a par with Noomi Rapace. Daniel Craig feels better as Blomkvist, and their relationship is more believable. But I'm left with less of an idea as to what motivated Lisbeth, which I don't remember feeling with the Swedish version. Also the pacing is a little mixed, with an arguably slack middle that could bore some. Craig's English accent seems a little odd (the film is in English, but other actors maintain some sort of accent). Apparently other Swedish characters in the film had an English accent, but none stood out. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross do a good job on the soundtrack, particularly in places. This is a difficult film to watch at times, with sex, violence and rape, just to be warned. For fans of dark drama who can cope with the very dark bits it's a great film. 4/5 (Good)