He visits retiring police inspector Morell, who informs him that his investigation team had been unable to decipher them. Inside Harriet's diary, Blomkvist finds a list of five names alongside what appear to be phone numbers. Daniel Craig is great as usual and there is great chemistry between him and Mara. Here is a mystery thriller so cold, so distant, and so lacking in energy that it feels neither mysterious nor thrilling. I think it's smart that Fincher and Zailian shows the estranged family side of Blomkvist, they see it as important for Blomkvist to be able to relate to Henrik Vanger's Christopher Plummer dilemma and I think that's a smart move. How do they connect to a series of murders spread across time and distance, all involving young women? So the movie manages to overcome that obstacle, and overall, I have nothing to say bad about it. Now it's just cruel and disgusting.
Do they really speak with a Swedish accent? The whistling doors in Martin's house were also amazing. This makes their Dragon Tattoo slightly more punishing on the posterior, and more unevenly paced, but at least avoids the rather abrupt conclusion of its predecessor. Needing an assistant, Mikael is directed towards Lisbeth, who has just worked her way of a particularly nasty situation with her new guardian, a sadistic sexual pervert Yorick van Wageningen who kept strict control of her finances. After all the truly awful and hideous things that have plagued her life, Lisbeth doesn't take any crap from anybody. Christopher Plummer should also be mentioned. This is where I first look around and notice the led lights around the steps.
As I'm now on the actors I should also mention the relation between Salander and Blomkvist. The biggest difference in the casts is Daniel Craig against Michael Nyqvist. Her dragon tattoo is much, much better. What had she gone through? Craig, meanwhile, is far more relatable - funny, even - as Mikael. It is a harsh, gritty, and rough cinema trip that answers the question of leaving the kids at home with the babysitter. Craig is the weakest link because his accent keeps going on and off, I'm not sure if he even tries to sound Swedish at all, it's quite the distraction. Through the talented and, funny, English- speaking Noomi Rapace, the character has some maturity and more control in the crazed moments.
I'll make this easy on you: See the original instead of the remake. Of note in the supporting characters are Yorick van Wageningen who plays the sadistic Bjurman with unsettling believability and the always great Christopher plummer who is note-perfect as the desperate, loney grandfather Henrik. I loved the opening credits set to the tones of the Immigrant Song cover. It's haunting, unnerving, and just spectacular overall. Then there's Yorick van Wageningen that's just downright despicable as Nils Bjurman.
I don't see how any serious movie lover could rate this pitiable remake as worth seeing over the original. This is one of the only performances of Daniel Craig's I can actually say I enjoyed while Stellan Skarsgard is just wonderfully demented. The role of computers in their search for the bad guy and a believable explanation for how things got done. Lisbeth is inclined to agree; her investigative work turned up nothing incriminating. It all adds up to a disappointing attempt to recreate the dark energy of Oplev's film.
A brilliant performance from Rooney Mara only elevates the film to greater heights The Review: Ill cut to the chase: this is everything fans of the books could have hoped for, its miles better than the already good Swedish film, its more faithful to the novel, in some places it actually improves on the source material. However, it is what has been done to the main character that is painful to watch. In the book, Lisbeth took charge in tough situations, she certainly didn't need to ask permission from Bloomkvist. If you have gone to the trouble of casting English-speaking actors, it seems only fitting that you should change the story's location to somewhere more appropriate, say America or Britain. Noomi is older and seems more secure and determined character while Mara feels more fragile and emotional. Fincher has an aggressive way of cutting certain scenes right down to the bone, so that certain events appear to be happening slightly faster than we can register them.
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. We're not sure of who is Harriet's killer, or if Harriet is even dead, until the last half hour of the film, and when we do find out the twist, it leaves a stupendous impact. After all the truly awful and hideous things that have plagued her life, Lisbeth doesn't take any crap from anybody. However, the more I think about it, the less it becomes a concern because 1. With the amount of screen time she has, Robin Wright is also very good as Blomkvist's business partner Erika Berger.
Now normally I'd be angry at the fact of a foreign film being remade, having seen and loved the Swedish version of the film, but I made an exception with this one because of the cast and crew for this film. I will say, however, that this plot device is so overused that it has long since ceased to be symbolic. The character requires an actress who can internalize her emotions yet at the same time convay a wide range of feelings. It follows the plot of the original film fairly closely, and yet it makes a number of small changes that drastically affect its credibility. Jeff Cronenweth, who worked with Fincher on both Fight Club and The Social Network, delivers fantastic cinematography.