Two years ago, one of my favourite films of the year was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This year, an almost identical movie has been released again. Had I not seen the original Swedish version, this English-language version may well have had the same effect. But, for some reason, it didn’t. Therefore, I’m finding it difficult to judge this as a film in its own right without comparing both versions.
David Fincher is certainly a superior visual director, and I can’t honestly say Rooney Mara has done a notably worse job than Noomi Rapace as feisty lead Lisbeth. Nor Daniel Craig as Blomqvist, for that matter. But the pacing here felt a lot slower, I didn’t find myself as impressed with Lisbeth as I was first time around, and her relationship with Blomqvist didn’t feel quite as genuine.
However, there are a few substantial differences between the two versions here and there, most notably the outcome of the central mystery. And I certainly don’t want to give the impression that this is in any way a bad film- it’s a great film, because it’s a great story and I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t seen either version. Be warned, it does touch on some sensitive areas and has a few brutal moments that can be difficult to watch.