Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Uber Version
Okay, so the movie. Don't miss the 5 minute featurette at the bottom of this post!
First, the credits including the score by Trent Rosner who, along with Atticus Rose, did the entire film score, were a work of art in their own right. In fact the transition from credits to opening frame was a little jarring but there he was, Daniel Craig, a sexy, grizzled, intelligent looking Mikael Blomquist.
When the Golden Globe nominations came out I said I would give Best Performance by an Actress to Tillda Swinton - based only on the trailer - but would reconsider if Rooney Mara's performance merited it. Her performance merits it. She is amazing. And HER accent was perfect - at least to my American ears so please correct me if I'm wrong. While Noomi Rapace was brilliant, so was Mara. She and Fincher created a character that wasn't just a copycat. Rooney made the part her own. I don't think you can say who was better. The question is irrelevant!
I am a HUGE fan of the Swedish film in general but I think this was a foreign film begging to be remade in the English language for that huge audience who will just never see a subtitled movie. And everyone in this version - many of whom were Swedish actors - was as real and authentic as the cool and crisp writing by Steven Zaillian. ( And Stieg Larsson of course.)
Neils Arden Oplev's film was wonderful, exciting, thoroughly engaging. Fincher's film is that too but in overdrive. If Oplev's film was the "unplugged" version, Fincher's was plugged in, very! I absolutely loved it. Fincher doesn't just capture action with his camera, he really creates a visceral reaction with it. His sweeps and pans, cuts and closeups, all the visionary tools he brings to bear, made it a strong, thrilling and emotional ride. A ride I am absolutely looking forward to taking again and that is something that we have to also give credit where credit is due. Steig Larsson. I mean, I've read the book. I've seen the Swedish film twice. I just saw the new Daniel Craig/Rooney Mara version and I can't wait to see it again?
That's powerful writing, a riveting story and completely compelling characters. Kudos to a master at work and how sorry the world is that he was taken from it. I'm grateful we have his two follow up novels which have already been made into films, and excited to hear that Fincher has agreed to do their English language counterparts. I just hope it's true! I don't know how many directors could make internet searches interesting - David Fincher does it!
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