The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

December, 2011

This is a remake of the 2009 Swedish film directed by Niels Arden Oplev.  I did not see that version, but my colleague did and says that this new version was similar enough that it brought nothing new to the table.

So why did MGM and David Fincher make a film that is sleep-inducing boring for the first hour and twenty minutes?  It did pick up after that and was entirely watchable, but tickets these days are almost ten bucks even at matinee prices.  Personally I don’t find Daniel Craig, the male lead, to be much of an actor, but that is just taste.  Rooney Mara is fetching and sexy as Lisbeth Salander, but I am still waiting for a reason to remake the movie.  When La Femme Nikita was remade for the American audience, Nikita, played by Bridgette Fonda was very different indeed from her French counterpart, and the story was developed quite differently.  That was a reason to remake a good story, one which has now found success in a television incarnation as Nikita.  Very different, all inspired by the same story.

I did not notice if the tattoos on this girl were different from those on the Swedish girl.  But again, I didn’t see that movie.

Daniel Craig is certainly not an actor that must be seen.  He is pretty one-, maybe two– dimensional, but lacks the talent or charisma that makes one want to run out and spend money to see him act.

So, if anyone out there can think of a reason this film was made – remade that is – please call and explain.

Until then, put your almost ten bucks in the bank where it will remain safe and sound until there is a good movie to spend it on.