First Review of ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Emerges Online

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Daniel Craig talks The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo First Review of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Emerges Online

There’s been a lot of debate over David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The international bestselling book from late author Stieg Larsson was already adapted into a critically-praised, box-office hit Swedish film; so when it was announced that Sony Pictures was moving forward with their own “Hollywood” version of Dragon Tattoo, fans of the Swedish film were unsurprisingly critical of this new version – before they even saw one frame of the extensive preview footage that has been released.

Now that the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is ready to pack theaters during the 2011 Holiday season, the question looms large: Was this second interpretation – made barely two years after the release of the Swedish film – a worthwhile venture?

Today we have an early review of Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that may (or may not) help you answer that question for yourself.

The review comes from New Yorker critic David Denby, who produced his Dragon Tattoo review as part of a double-shot piece that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Adventures of Tintin, which also releases right before Christmas. Let me just say as an aside: there couldn’t be two bigger polar opposites for your Christmas 2011 movie viewing than Tintin (a whimsical children’s adventure tale) and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (a disturbing tale of mystery, sadism and murder). Anyone brave enough to do a double-feature viewing will likely walk away with severe bi-polar disorder. But I digress…

Here’s a bit of what Denby had to say about Fincher’s vision of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

You can’t take your eyes off Rooney Mara as she plays the notorious Lisbeth Salander…Directed by David Fincher (working with Steven Zailian’s screenplay), this is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking.

This is only a snippet of the review, of course – for a longer excerpt you can head over to the New Yorker; for the full breakdown, you’ll have to either subscribe to the site or pick up the issue of the magazine.

Despite the knee-jerk reactions that any and all American remakes, reboots, or re-interpretations are somehow unnecessary, dumb-downed “Hollywood unoriginality/idiocy/laziness,” it was hard to doubt that David Fincher (a man renowned for dark noir-themed films like The Game, Se7en, Zodiac, Fight Club and Panic Room) would do anything less than good with this adaptation of Dragon Tattoo. It’s already been well established that the Oscar-nominated director knows how to handle this type of material – and his more recent films (Benjamin Button, The Social Network) have only shown greater maturity and technical precision – a fact the big award shows has recognized several times over.Even the music in Fincher’s films (specifically Dragon Tattoo, and Social Network) has been lauded, thanks to smart collaborations with talent like Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 8 minute extended trailer First Review of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Emerges Online

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

That’s all to say: Fincher is in a great place in his career, and no matter who made a film before him, chances are Fincher will leave a distinctive stamp on the material if he chooses to take it on (see: his upcoming remake of Disney’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).

Even the music in Fincher’s films (specifically Dragon Tattoo, and Social Network) has been lauded, thanks to smart collaborations with talent like Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor.

One opinion is in; we’ll all be able to join in the discussion once The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arrives in theaters on December 21, 2011. Check back then for our OFFICIAL Screen Rant review.

Source: New Yorker

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  1. From viewing the 8 minute trailer, I already know this is going to be a great movie!

  2. I think all the knee jerk reactions, mine includes, have been dispelled by the recent trailers.

  3. Hey guys, just wanted to point out that this was posted twice: “Even the music in Fincher’s films (specifically Dragon Tattoo, and Social Network) has been lauded, thanks to smart collaborations with talent like Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor.”

    Once at the very end and once at the end of the paragraph before the picture!

    Otherwise. This movie looks amazing and has looked so for awhile in my mind!

  4. Yeah, I made the same knee-jerk reaction.

    Now, every time i see a trailer I foam at the mouth for this movie to come out.

  5. that new yorker review is very spoilery. good thing i seen the original. dont read it if you haven’t

  6. My “knee-jerk” reaction has not changed. This was an unnecessary remake. The original films were brilliant. American audiences are lazy, and want a recognizable face. These movies can do nothing that wasn’t done very well not even 5yrs ago. What is their purpose for existing? Other than the Greed of a Hollywood exec who passed on the material the first time and now wants to cash in on the popularity of the other films. I am still not seeing this garbage. I wi just have to wait for Skyfall to see Daniel Craig in a movie.

    • Rooney Mara is hardly a “recognizable” face.

      • True, but Daniel Craig/James Bond is. And he is the one being given top billing.

    • The book was quite good but not 5* by any means. I thought the Swedish film was fairly average.
      This version looks like an improvement on both of them, plus the fact they seem to have got the Lisbeth character perfect.

      People get way too upset over remakes/reboots. It’s been happening for 1000s of years in Theatre. Every Director has the opportunity to mould the source material into something they want, for better or worse (which is a subjective thing anyway)

      • The books are brilliant. The Swedish films are very good, but not fantastic. If Fincher’s ADAPTATION (not remake) is better than I will certainly say so.

        Beides, everybody who has read the book in any other language than Swedish has no real cause to debunk this movie without letting it stand on it’s own merits.

        • Sigh – “Besides”

    • You’ll be the only one not seeing this “garbage.” The rest of America will be there, asses in seats, come December 21.

  7. The original Swedish film is good, aside from the fact that the story is based on a completely illogical and absurd assumption (to say it without being *too* spoilery, the “shocking twist” at the end is actually the obvious and logical situation from the beginning). I’ve been wondering if they’ve fixed that for the American remake.

    • It depends on what you consider the twist or end. The VERY end was of no big surprise. However the end before the end was surprising as I don’t think they led anyone to believe what had happened and WHY.

      As a matter of fact we were also led to believe the reason someone may be doing what they did was because of the past.

      Hard to make sense when you dont want to spoil… :D

  8. The feel bad movie of the holiday season indeed. Fincher, Mara, Craig and Reznor are gonna rock. This will be the best movie of the year. Finally something to talk about. My bunch and I will be laughing at the fuzzy bellied Spielberg “sentimentalists” across the theatre as they sip their syrupy hot coco. lol