Before I begin, let me preface my brief review by saying I’ve viewed the original Millennium Trilogy starring Noomi Rapace. And because of that, my opinion is tainted.
While watching those electrifying film adaptations, I was shocked by Rapace’s gritty and raw portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar. In a performance that gives action star Angelina Jolie a run for her money, Rapace truly is hard-core.
So, when I heard that David Fincher was directing his version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” I was appalled. Similar to the “Let The Right One” remake directed by Matt Reeves, I felt it wasn’t necessary. The original was released only two years ago.
After watching the Red Band trailer that leaked online, my original thoughts haven’t changed. However, I can admit that this is one well-cut teaser. Daniel Craig looks great, the Led Zeppelin cover fits the tone, and the action sequences mixed in with flashes of Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Julian Sands are pretty fantastic. There’s just one component that hasn’t sold me yet and her name is Rooney Mara. Granted, she may surprise me. Fincher has faith in her, so I’ll try to give her the benefit of the doubt. Yet, even in the trailer, she’s no Noomi Rapace. Hopefully, Mara’s take on the character, is just as powerful.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” — based on the best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson — opens Dec. 21.
I’d like to read your thoughts on the trailer. What do you think?
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