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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It looks like they MAY do the book justice, but I’ve been saying this since I saw they picked Rooney Mara for Lizbeth – she looks too innocent. She looks like a little girl trying to be big and bad. I haven’t seen anything she’s been in, so I don’t know her acting level, but if she doesn’t bring it, the whole film will fall on it’s face.
Love The Shining vibe in that trailer.
I love the book, but found the original film to be unwatchable. It was terribly boring and looked pretty low-budget. I can’t even bring myself to watch the sequels. Noomi Rapace as Salander was the only good thing about it.
It’ll be hard to top Noomi Rapace’s performance, but if anyone can do an American adaptation that does the book justice, it’s David Fincher.
Well well – not a word of dialogue said. However, it looks like more of the book’s plot is there – we’ll have to apparently wait to see if the acting and misogyny theme make this remake worthwhile.