‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ International Trailer is Shorter, Not Sweeter

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm,

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo International Trailer Girl with the Dragon Tattoo International Trailer is Shorter, Not Sweeter

As fans of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo already know, this story – about murder, abuse, deception, and a most unlikely team of investigators – is anything but “sweet.”

On the other hand, when comparing today’s international trailer for director David Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo adaptation to the four-minute extended trailer that debuted a few weeks back, the phrase “short and sweet” is certainly applicable.

For those who haven’t read the novels, or spent four minutes watching and learning what this film is all about, here’s an official synopsis for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

The film is based on Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling novel centering on a murder mystery looking as far back as 40 years at the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. All these years later, her aged uncle (Christopher Plummer) continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

Now, watch the international trailer, which is pretty much a truncated version of the full-length trailer:

Fincher and Co. are in fact delivering their own adaptation of the book, and are NOT remaking the Swedish films – a continuing misconception amongst some movie fans. From what we’ve seen so far, Fincher’s version:

  1. Is a more polished and pristine in its darkly beautiful visual composition – as opposed to the low-budget cable movie look of the Swedish version.
  2.  Has Mara, who is (visually speaking) closer to Larsson’s description of Goth Hacker Lisbeth Salander then Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was.
  3. Is sticking closer to plot and character arcs of Larsson’s novel than the Swedish version did (Robin Wright’s Erika Berger being the biggest difference).
  4. Will have a slamming soundtrack by Oscar-winning Social Network composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

For those reasons alone, I for one am looking forward to this new interpretation of Larsson’s work. How about you?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be in theaters on December 21, 2011.

Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. As a fan of the books and the previous films, I am really pumped to see this. Can’t wait.

  2. This looks incredible. Much better than the original films.

  3. The original trilogy is brilliant, very unfair to call it a cable movie look just because it wasn’t made on a Hollywood budget.

  4. What Luke said. This version looks decent, but there’s no reason to criticize what really was a great movie. Just because it’s American doesn’t make it better. And in my opinion, Noomi Rapace’s performance of Lisbeth was incredible, so the fact that she doesn’t 100% match the book description really doesn’t matter at all when it comes down to it. (For what it’s worth, I’ve read all the books and to me, Noomi looked exactly like the description.)

    • I have to disagree. I too have read the books (albeit translated into English), and I find Rooney Mara to be a better physical resemblance to Lisbeth. She has the frail, bordering on anorexic frame and boyish looks that Salander was described as having. And her whole look is like a warning sign to keep your distance

      I also don’t find it unfair to describe the previous films as TV movies. I’ve been told that “Fire” and “Hornet’s Nest” were made for TV. I felt this when I watched them. They did feel like I was watching a very good TV drama. They just weren’t as cinematic. Of course Hollywood are going to make them more cinematic.

      I think the new Fincher films are totally worth making. I see no problem with them being made at all.

  5. Um… yeah, because it’s American… no, that’s not what we’re saying. The acting in the original films is good, but the directing was extremely lack luster. And not because it didn’t have a high budget, but visually, the film isn’t effective at all. It felt like most of the time the directing was just effortless, like the movie didn’t know what it was going for. This version looks like it really captured the atmosphere of the book, and visually, it’s much more effective.

    • “Atmosphere” …Exactly!

  6. I read the books and liked the Swedish movies. I’ll watch the new movies but I’ll probably be harder to impress the third time around. I’ll try to be open minded but part of me expects to be disappointed no matter how good the new ones are.

    • I agree. You’ll definitely enjoy this more if it is fresh to you. Movies rarely live up to a book 100%. The amount of times I’ve read a book before the movie came out and felt the movie-going experience was diminished by me having too much prior knowledge.

  7. remake: to make again or anew. this movie is a remake. while it shouldnt be compared with the original movies as some things go, it has already been done. I realise this intends to be a more faithful reproduction of the books than the original films, I just find it funny that in this time of ‘Hollywood needs to stop rehashing old ideas,’ this movie is apparently free from the criticism other not so original ideas are recieving.

  8. Movies never match up to the books they are adapted from. They just don’t have the time allowance. Some ask why bother filming it again? The answer for this one is that this is probably the best series of books to come out in some time with the most well written character in many years. I look forward to the new adaptation.

  9. Ok I just watched this last night. I saw nothing ‘different’ (least from the clip) enough to make the statement:

    “their own adaptation of the book, and are NOT remaking the Swedish films”

    I have never read the book (and probably wont) however I do understand certain thigns will be the same. However in just watching this clip (and the others) and seeing it last night it is pretty close.

    As for the girls. I cant say anything as I havent read the book but the one in the swedish film APPEARS to go through a transformation. She looks in the begining almost sickly. However as the movie goes on she appears to get healthier.

    I equate this to her own demons inside.

    Same with the new one.

    One of the few (first probably) foreign films I can actually say I will PROBABLY like over the remake/reboot or what ever you want to call it.

  10. As a fan of the books and the original movies, I groaned a bit when I first saw that there was going to be a big budget re-make… such efforts so often go wrong. But after seeing the trailers and casting I gotta admit I’m excited about seeing this new version. Low budget look and feel aside, the Swedish films were great – impressive acting and editing. That said, I felt the writers made some decisions that changed the tone of the characters slightly. We’ll see if this new script captures the feel of the story any better.
    And in any case it will reach a new audience because of the cast and production value which isn’t a bad thing.