Mitchel Waite © 2020

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

After reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy I was initially compelled to watch the original Swedish films instead of David Fincher’s. Then the trailer landed. Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross’ score added another dimension to the eerie and disturbing atmosphere, so I decided to wait for the Hollywood version. A calculated risk, as I’ve heard nothing but praise of Noomi Rapace’s performance, but worth the wait. However, Rooney Mara really puts in a stellar performance as Lisbeth Salander, both physically and verbally.

There are some very uncomfortable scenes that you’ll know of if you have read the book. There are also some slight plot differences to that of the novel, but likely sacrificed due to keeping the running time reasonable. The final act seemed somewhat rushed too given the amount of content that is in the novel. But David Fincher managed to squeeze all of this in to set up the next two instalments.

Overall, I know the Swedish versions has it’s fans, but this is a solid entry to kick-start the Hollywood translation. Let’s hope David Fincher signs on for the sequels.

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