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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [Original & Remake]


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Is it just me who thought this was really not very good? I guess I'm overstating it because I had very high expectations - I hadn't read the book or seen the original but loved the look of the trailer and thought it sounded like something that Fincher could do brilliantly.

But I couldn't help feeling that despite the high production values and good performances it was ruined by being stuck in such a plodding and formulaic 'detective story' template. Lisbeth was an interesting character but she was really the ONLY interesting thing about the film. This was particularly apparent during the first half when the stories were quite separate - her story was interesting but I was just bored/annoyed when it cut back to another scene of Daniel Craig having the murder mystery plot explained to him and slowly looking at photos. To be fair I can imagine it would have worked a lot better in the book, it just wasn't a very cinematic story as the investigation was all looking into the past rather than following unfolding events.

I would say more about specific bits but I can't seem to find how to conceal spoilers.

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I'll freely admit I'm pretty bad with onscreen torture stuff, but a couple of scenes in this almost made me keel over. Whilst they're not especially graphic the tension was unbearable and just generally very unpleasant. It oddly reminded me of National Anthem in its attention to detail. I think I was enjoying it more as an ITV Sunday evening whodunit with odd characters and a creepy location, as the bits that strayed off into torture porn territory seemed a tad gratuitous.

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I thought it was better than the original movie and moved at a better pace than the book too. The faults of the book carried over but it was so well made (as I would expect from Fincher and the cast) that I can excuse these issues. I'm not sure if someone who hasn't read\seen the original will be able to follow it though, there is quite a lot of content that isn't really needed for the main plot.

Hope they made the second and third book, which in my opinion were better than the original (once you get passed the horrible opening of book 2).

Also who on Earth made that title sequence and where can I see more of their work? It was inspired.

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I have never read the book or seen the Swedish film but I loved Fincher's one a lot. I'm a big fan of his anyway and in my eyes, he can't do no wrong. The title sequence was incredible and got me so pumped up for the film, it is very much like a Bond title sequence on acid.

The length didn't bother me, I never looked at my watch, the pace was just right. The film doesn't get great until Lisbeth meets Mikael and from then it's brilliant.

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Just been to see it and really enjoyed it. I thought it was really well shot and the soundtrack matched perfectly. Rooney Mara was brilliant in a really tough role, Daniel Craig and Stellan Skaarsgard were both really good as well.

The only real complaint I have is the pacing after

Martins death

I just felt after that the film went off the boil a bit and the following scenes didn't really have the same feeling as the rest of the film if that makes sense.

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I still want to see the film but I'm becoming more and more convinced - and that poster doesn't help - that Salander's character is going to be presented in a way that spectacularly misses/ignores/glamourises the fact that she is a victim of horrendous abuse.

I was wrong and this version manages not to do any of those things. I do find it interesting though that Fincher shot the rape scenes in an almost identical way to the original film.

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I think this is another perfect example of a person (Fincher) having too much power. Overlong, the two pronged ending was obviously wrong and the heavy reliance on Lisbeth not true to the novel.

I still enjoyed it but Steig would be turning in his grave.

If they get the chance to make the next book and it's looking shaky as it hasn't done too well by all accounts, hopefully a better balance can be found. The film will naturally be better than the Swedish originals as both those sequels were bloody awful.

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If they get the chance to make the next book and it's looking shaky as it hasn't done too well by all accounts,

Not shaky at all anymore, happily. Despite underperforming at the BO (though it's holding up pretty well now after a lacklustre opening), the sequel was confirmed last week. No word yet on whether Fincher is returning, though.

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I thought the film was inferior to the original in every way, and considering it was almost a scene-for-scene remake, I found it shocking they removed or altered some of the best bits from those scenes.

I.e. Blomkvist discovering Salander's photo realistic memory proceeding to the sex scene in the original which was totally wiped in the remake to be replaced with nothing.

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I thought the film was inferior to the original in every way, and considering it was almost a scene-for-scene remake, I found it shocking they removed or altered some of the best bits from those scenes.

I.e. Blomkvist discovering Salander's photo realistic memory proceeding to the sex scene in the original which was totally wiped in the remake to be replaced with nothing.

As Acronym said, it's adapted from the book, not the crappy made-for-TV film, which felt like an episode of The Bill with a bit more pointless rape and drudgery.

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Found this a very mixed bag. Not arthouse enough to be arthouse, and not mainstream enough to be mainstream. If I was being particularly unkind it seemed to be a pilot episode for a TV series; this is how they met, this is their first case together.

Has it's moments, but let down by the rather hokey and protracted whodunnit. Lisbeth is a great character and Rooney Mara does a fine job though. Hope for a less baggy sequel.

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