The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, take two

It wasn’t bad. In fact, it was pretty good. The American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was as enjoyable as the Swedish original, despite what I said about it earlier. I still don’t hold with the need to make a ‘proper’ American film of every foreign success, but that doesn’t mean they are poor copies.

As Mrs Pendolino said, the film was faithful to the book. Although how she knows this is a mystery. It was as faithful as the first film, which means most of it but not all. You can’t use the excuse that a long book needs to be cut in order to fit into a normal length film. Because if you did, you couldn’t explain away the extra bits that were never in the book.

We were fascinated by the accents. Here they go and make a proper US film and they have the actors speak as though they were a little bit Swedish. That’s everyone but Stellan Skarsgård, who as a true Swede spoke Americanised English the way he always does. (OK, there were a few real Swedes of lesser Hollywood standing who also sounded Swedish.)

The landscape was a wee bit bleak at times. A true Nordic film maker would know that you can be bleak in mind and in meaning, while still providing beautiful sunny landscapes for the eye. The cottage was rather dreamy, but maybe Hollywood believes in large and elegant cottages.

And the seasons! They were strange seasons. All right with some autumn to begin with. Then Christmas. Also fine. Followed later by autumn leaves on the trees, when it ought to have been spring. No summer to speak of, so I’m guessing they didn’t film over a whole year.

Rooney Mara was a great Lisbeth Salander. I didn’t think it would be possible for her to match Noomi Rapace, but she did. Even James Bond as Mikael Blomkvist was all right. Most people were OK in their roles, but seasonal disorder notwithstanding, it’s the landscape that wins. And you don’t get that in California.

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

What happened to Mikael’s stint in jail? Cleaned up? At least they ended the film the same as the book! None of this being careful with Lisbeth’s feelings.

4 responses to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, take two

  1. I’ve really been looking forward to watching this film. Mainly just for Stellan Skarsgard appearance. But also as i read the book. I never got to see the original. But unfortunately none of my friends have the same feeling with this film, so i am gonna have to wait until it comes to dvd, which is a shame as i find films like this should be watched on a big screen..

  2. Come on, Rebecca! It IS possible to go to the cinema alone. I also had ‘hopeless’ friends, and survived many visits all alone. I’d have felt more aggrieved to have to miss out because I didn’t go.

  3. Don’t get me started on this one. 1. It’s not alright to have yet another woman-hating insane serial killer just because the detective is a woman. 2. Everyone knows what everyone was doing all the time on that island. So how does whatsis name build a high-tech murder dungeon without anyone noticing? 3. Daniel Craig looks quite nice in a cardigan. 4. Why no great sweaters? Did The Killing buy them all up?

  4. I’d call this a start, actually.
    1. She’s not really a detective.
    2. Hmm.
    3. Perhaps.
    4. Swedes are sensible. They wear warm padded jackets. Indoors is too warm for jumpers.

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