As a card-carrying Fincher fanboy I was quite excited when he took on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
The original movie from 2009 was very good too, and I assumed that having higher production values would only improve things.
And that’s what happened. Version 2.0 of the novel looks great and the actors utilized are good across the board. The script is forced to omit elements, just like the original movie did. The choices are different, but here the flow of the film is a bit more natural.
One thing that surrealistically detracts from Fincher’s take is the language – for authenticity’s sake the lack of spoken swedish just stings.
Daniel Craig is good as Mikael Blomkvist, though on account of his pas I did expect him to whip out a nine millimeter gun and begin laying out the law on the wintry island.
Rooney Mara is good, but Noomi Rapace holds on to being the canonical Lisbeth Salander. Mainly on precedence, since Mara’s Salander is actually closer to the character in the books.
The movie’s score, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, repeats their excellent performance from The Social Network. From the grindy rendition of Immigrant Song to the ambient sounds employed later the soundtrack just oozes quality.
The film brought in more than 100% over its budget, so the appearance of the two sequels should be a certainty. But so far nothing has been officially announced.