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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Featuring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig & Robin Wright

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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  Wish i hadn't bothered.

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The US version with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara was dark and gloomy. Daniel Craig boring and uninteresting. There was no impact, it was totally uninteresting and boring. This became evident in the first 5 minutes, and did not improve. I had trouble watching this movie to the end.


| | See all SandoEntertainingU's reviews (247)

Right to start off here's just a little pointer, when I purchased the DVD and opened the case. The disc is genuine, it does look like a recordable disc.

Right, the film is great, I have seen both the original and the remake and I didn't spot much difference except the actors, it was precisely the same as the brilliant original. Certainly give the American remake a watch if you enjoyed the original.

  The Other Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

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I went to see this in cinemas having seen the 2009 Swedish version and went with a friend who had seen neither and who had no knowledge of the story or the content.

And while we both enjoyed it there is no doubt that he got a lot more out of David Fincher's adaption than I did because, when all is said and done, there is not a massive disparity in quality between the two versions and if you already know how the story ends............well, there's no change here! And the Swedish version was never a bad film to start with which means I have to fall down a little on the side of wondering not why this was remade (that's standard Hollywood) but WHY it was made so soon.

Sure, Fincher seems less interested in the mystery plot and much more into Lisbeth Salander but while his clear difference of interest makes the mystery component come across in a generally clunkier fashion than before, he does give Rooney Mara's Salander a fuller arc than Niels Arden Oplev did (although you can argue that in that version her story was continued and completed across the full trilogy whereas here sequels are still a question mark) and again, while he alters part of the ending (again I think making it the same yet clunkier) he doesn't make his film different enough to erase the memory of Noomi Rapace.

He does however bring his now established visual slickness and glossy veneers to the film, and gets excellent performances across the board (if Christopher Plummer goes a bit underused) from his cast. The film looks gorgeous from start to finish and the violence (both physical and sexual) is just as strong as in 2009 - though no worse or more graphic to my mind and it's definitely a very good quality and very adult drama.

But I think it did come a little too soon after a film that did just as good a job telling the same story.


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This is a good film, it would be difficult to be bad considering the excellent story and actors, but it falls a long way short of the original film which is far more sinister and atmospheric with a music score to match on equal levels. Someone mentioned they disliked the subtitles on the original but just go to settings on the menu and select english dubbed, which has been done to a very high standard. If you've not yet seen the original you are missing out on a masterpiece. one of my top ten films.

  A Good Remake!

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Must admit that being a fan of the books and the original films i was little wary of this English Language version. However its not a bad remake. It remains quite dark and gritty. The actors and actresses also do a good job and Daniel Craig makes a good Mickael. The original films could be quite heavy going with the subtitles so im sure this film will take the Girl films to a wider audience.


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The original versions of these movies are amazing and its hard to see a remake being that good but it actually does work very well, the story is great and rich with detail and stays pretty close to the original only making a few several minor changes that dont matter, not enough to affect the overall movie, the cast was great Daniel Craig played Mikael Blomkvist very well but the real star is Rooney Mara who is amazing as Lisbeth Salander, she is almost as good Noomi Repace. Basically if you love the book and you love the original movies you will really enjoy the remake and being in English does make it much more comfortable to watch for those who dont find it easy keeping up with subtitles. This is a very dark twisted smart sexy violent thriller thats amazing to watch so be sure to check it out.

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  Now THIS is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo!

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Having read all the books first, then seeing the Dutch made Swedish film adaptions, I was dissapointed by these films as they changed a lot, and didn't stick to the Salander I knew and loved from the books.

This film is not simply a american remake of the Swedish version, it is a dark adaption of the original book by Stieg Larsson. I loved Rooney Mara as Salander and felt she captured her characteristics very well, which is hard, seeing as the book showed things from the perspective of Salander.

I love this film, and yes there are some changes which had to be expected, but they are not worse then the books depiction of scenarios, not worse, just different. On the other had I felt that the Swedish films changed a lot of details and kept to the book loosely; this on the other keeps to the book in a condensed fashion.

I really hope they make the sequels and that David Fincher is the director, he gave this film a truly dark feel, which made films like Fight Club and Seven so amazing, and this is no exception.

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  Fine Film!

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Never read the books or see the original film, Finchers name on the credits drew me in & i'm glad it did. Visually it looks stunning, the whole cast are excellent & I loved the ending. Not sure just how 'Swedish' it really is but even at 2 hrs 40mins it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Being a massive fan of the books and origional films i decided early on that this is a film i wanted to see and i must say i was blown away. It is a well acted and well directed film with great characters plus a great score by Trent Reznor. David Fincher knows only how to make great films and this is another example. Did the origional Swedish films need to be remade??? No but it was and done in Sweden to keep the disturbing feeling of the origionals. I actually even preferred Rooney Mara's performance as Lisbeth which is some achievement...so good i paid to watch it twice...must see. Enjoy

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  The best feel bad film of the year!

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Why release a Hollywood version of Stieg Larsson's 30million selling novel just two years on from the choice Swedish adap of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Noomi Rapace as the instantly iconic title character Lisbeth Salander?
Apart, that is, from the obvious 30m people have read the novel, a lot of them can't be bothered to also read the film. Because it's directed by David Fincher. Meaning it's a Hollywood retake in geography only (and even then, Fincher's opted to keep the story in Sweden rather than transpose it), and meaning we're guaranteed the kind of uncompromising, adult themed entertainment Hollywood excelled at in the late 60s and 70s.
So welcome to the feelbad film of the year, a blockbusting thriller about sex, sexual violence and institutionalised abuse, based on a book originally entitled Men Who Hate Women, centred on an angry, subjugated, socially maladroit heroine, and shot entirely in wintry greys, hypothermic blues and jaundiced yellows. With a cold, onerous score by Trent Reznor.
The plot, for the uninitiated, sees disgraced, disgruntled journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) hired by retired industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the 40 year old disappearance of his niece, Harriet (Moa Garpendal).
The killer, for she is presumed murdered.
Eighty minutes in, Blomkvist is joined in his investigation by Lisbeth (Rooney Mara), a hacked off hacker who hides her vulnerability beneath a carapace of piercings, tats, black leather, serrated fringes and open hostility. Together, this oddest of couples unearth a ghastly secret.
It is to Mara's immense credit that she emerges from Rapace's ink black shadow to imprint her own design on Lisbeth, her face capturing each contradictory emotion roiling inside. This role, this performance, will change her life she is literally unrecognisable from The Social Network's preppy East Coast scholar Erica Albright or as Nancy in the ill-judged remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Craig does the job well, bringing weight and much needed touches of humour, though lacks the everyman quality of Michael Nyqvist's Blomkvist.
And as usual Fincher's direction is immaculate. His Girl might lack the propulsion of Se7en or the slow-burn desiccation of souls quality of Zodiac, but it is a controlled, mesmerising, beautiful thriller scarred by scenes of unshakeable brutality and breathless tension.
If you thought the US version will untangle the plot and tame the violence? Then Lisbeth's T shirt says it all. Changed ending aside, Fincher's take is as faithful as it is fearless. And Mara rocks.
See if you liked.....
The Girl With The Deagon Tattoo ( Swedish)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Swedish)
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest (Swedish)

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