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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher, 2011 (R)

with Daniel Craig (Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Side Effects), Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia, Thor, Avengers), Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright (House of Cards, Breaking and Entering, The Conspirator), Yorick van Wageningen (Winter In Wartime), Joely Richardson, Geraldine James (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows), Goran Visnjic (Ice Age), Donald Sumpter, Ulf Friberg

When a young computer hacker is tasked with investigating a prying journalist, their separate missions become entangled amid a decades-old conspiracy. David Fincher directs this English adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel.

The movie could have been good. It really could. But even a TV version, made in Sweden, is better. Much better. I understand that the cast was tricky, because having chosen Noomi Rapace for Lisbeth Salander in its original version was making it difficult to replace or imitate. The story is very close, from the Swedish version to the American one, but the few twists have made it look like a poor understanding of emotion and in general, women. The rape scene is so explicit in this version that it is spectacular, while in the Swedish version, it was more induced and traumatic. The relationship between Salander and Mikael Blomkvist has been simplified to an affair in which Salander doesn't find her place, while in the Swedish version, it is more instinctive, without intention of a traditional relationship, when she should comply to the rules of society, as a woman. To say something positive, the choice for the secondary roles was impeccable in this version, giving back the dept to the story


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