8 Minute Preview Of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Impresses

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 21st, 2012 at 9:01 am,

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Audience members at the advance screenings of Straw Dogs were lucky enough to see a special sneak peek of Columbia’s upcoming film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Roaring applause afterwards suggests they might be on to something great come this December.

Just over three months ago, Columbia presented a teaser trailer loaded with flashes of imagery from the film, and Trent Reznor’s energetic score made it one of the more memorable trailers so far this year. The eight exclusive minutes shown to select audiences showcased more of the exciting music that resembles the pulsating score from The Social Network. Reznor and director David Fincher seem to have a great collaborative vision.

Before we get into what actually happened in the eight minutes shown, it should be noted that the cinematography looks stunning. While some still have reservations about digital cinematography, Fincher’s newfound love for the RED camera makes the most of digital technology. Each clip had a crisp look that was only enhanced by excellent composition from the cinematographer.

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But you are probably more interested in what was shown, rather than how it looked – while we can’t vouch for the final product, the selected footage was obviously impressive – that’s why they showed it. The look of this adaptation has improved upon the already striking cinematography of the original, but it is loyal to the actual story on screen. It looks quite similar to the original films, even if the actors have changed. In some ways, it looks almost identical.

More importantly, the compelling plot that captivated audiences in three Swedish films is essentially the same – or at least the major plot points. We got a glimpse of all the key moments without spoiling the movie – the suspicious characters, the basics of the crime and the controversy that is Lisbeth Salander.

Most of the footage was conversational, exploring the events that occurred decades prior and instigated the investigation the film follows. Christopher Plummer demands your attention with his authoritative presence as Henrik Vanger in a role that requires a top-tier performance. He delivers as a legendary actor in the extended teaser shown.

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The most memorable moments of the footage are a pair of more light-hearted scenes. In one, Salander reviews Mikael Blomkvist’s personality by revealing his “performance” with his wife. Let’s just say her details are quite personal. Another scene shows Blomkvist intruding upon Salander’s apartment, in which she has a naked female in her bed. Blomkvist hardly flinches, telling her to leave with him as if his presence was not nearly as surprising as it appears to be.

Overall, the footage seems loyal to the writing and maintains a level of continuity with the already established Swedish renditions, but it does showcase an improvement in both visuals and music. Moreover, the editing style of both the teaser and this extended footage is most impressive. It warrants a mention that the film will likely be a dialogue-driven crime thriller with less of the frenetic pace seen in the trailers. That is a huge assumption, but considering the origin, one can expect it to be more plot-driven.

If one thing was engraved in the collective conscious of audiences who saw this footage, it is that fans of the stylized filmmaking featured inĀ The Social Network will likely enjoy David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The more important question is whether or not fans of the Millennium trilogy source material will approve of Fincher’s adaptation.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits theaters on December 21st, 2011.

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  1. If it were anyone but Fincher I would be completely against this movie

    • *Like* ^

  2. It’s not a remake. It’s second adaptation.

    • meh.

      • Did you edited the article?

    • Do some still actually think that this is a remake?

  3. I am the greatest fan of Fincher ,and also read all the three books. My conclusion-only Fincher cud have done justice to the books due to the thriller and suspense genre the book holds. And we all know What Fincher is really Good at .

  4. all i want to know is: is he really following the storyline of the books? because that is the story i want to see,not like the swedish version! i still have faith in Fincher to do the books justice!

  5. After seeing the original three, I was honestly extremely disappointed; and not because it was in swedish. I have no problem with subtitles. The problem I had with them is they changed so much. The whole Wennerstrom affair was beautifully crafted in the book and is the whole reason Blomkvist goes to see Henrik Vanger, is basically cut out from the original (Yes, is does start with him losing the case and ends with him destroying him)that is the whole driving force behind it initially. Then it takes out many of the very entertaining smaller characters that she how what kind of person Blomkvist is; the hard nose,will track down any lead, womanizing, do-gooder journalist who loves coffee (and apparently motorcycles). After watching all three, I was extremely excited when I heard David Fincher and Daniel Craig were attached to the film. Let’s face it this is David Fincher’s wheel house. Extreme Violence, Suspense, Mystery,psychotic characters, and dark(er) comedy; and to me Daniel Craig is exactly what I picture Mikael Blomkvist as when I read the books (not to say Michael Nyqvist was bad, he was outstanding in the originals so was Noomi Rapace, actually she was unbelievable). So all in all I just want to see this extended 8 minute trailer appears and I can not wait until 12.21.2011 for this re-make.

    • i totally agree with you! that’s exactly how i felt and feel,let’s hope that our wishes come true with Fincher’s version of dragon tattoo

      • Right? They left out so much, the director decided to add scenes from “…Fire” which was upsetting. And subtractions from all the books that I could go on an on about. But, it comes down to one thing, they wanted the movies to be about Lisbeth Salander, with everything else secondary.

  6. It’s not a remake, it’s a reinterpretation based on the novel alone.