Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lowdown: An American version of the Swedish original.
You are not mistaken: this is the second time I review a movie called "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on this blog. The first was of the 2009 original Swedish movie (which, it seems, was actually intended as a TV mini series, but never mind that); and now I'm onto the 2011 version of the movie bearing the same name, this time an American production. A heavily invested American production, if I may add, featuring talents such as director David Fincher and actor Danial "my name is Bond" Craig.
I will cut to the chase. I have a big problem with the American version: it is, in almost every respect, a one to one copy of the original. so much so I will not bother discussing plot or anything similar; just read my old review if you're interested. As I was watching this new version, I was wondering whether there will be a breakaway in one form or another at one point or another that will make me feel as if I am watching a new film. That, however, never happened. I spent another two and a half hours of my life watching the same film again, only that this time it spoke English.
If you insist, there were a couple differences. I would say the only improvement in quality came through the music, composed by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. The second difference? It soon becomes obvious that this production has a much larger budget than the original. Is that a guarantee for a better film? As one can clearly see, no.
I therefore had to point my attention elsewhere, and that attention went in the direction of the film's antihero heroine. I found it interesting to note how the movie "uglified" the character, as opposed to the normal habit of trying to make the stars look as glamorous as possible. Afterwards I went looking on the Internet to find more about the actress, Rooney Mara; I have to say I was unable to recognise her at all. I also have to say the "real" person, or at least the person staring at me through obviously well choreographed publicity photos, was a very good looking one.
Look, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a pretty good thriller. There can be no denying that; it is worth 4 out of 5 crabs. However, that does not change the fact it has zero reasons to exist in the first place, being a movie with absolute zero to add.
So do yourself a favour and watch the original instead. For a start, it is original; second, you might learn a word or two of Swedish.

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