Film Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Being a massive fan of the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, to say I was hesitant to jump aboard the bandwagon of the ‘Americanised’ version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would be a gross understatement. Fincher is a rock solid director and the cast assembled equally so, yet I felt a strange disturbance in the Force the moment I saw the first trailer.

"I don't understand why they remade this film either, Lisbeth"

Whether the director or marketing crew adamantly insist it is not a remake of Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 Swedish feature or not, comparisons are sure to abound with Fincher’s glossing over of subtle key plot points a rare misstep from the director that brought us such memorable thrillers such as Se7en, The Game and Fight Club.

“These choices weaken the nature of the relationship between Lisbeth and Blomkvist, ignore the previous tenuous connections between the Blomkvist and Vanger family that gives Mikael a personal stake in the investigation and fails to acknowledge Lisbeth’s troubled past in detail making her a less sympathetic character. The film telegraphs everything, connecting the dots far too neatly, almost overbearingly at times rather than letting you draw your own conclusions and paint your own picture of events as they unfold.”

Would you like to know more? Then click on through to the totally NSFW link to my review for Australian Penthouse here.

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Dave Kozicki

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Video game reviewer, presenter and enthusiast. Film and TV-aholic. Pop culture geek. T-shirt and sneaker addict. All around nice guy and one hell of a sexy beast. Writer for Official PlayStation Magazine AU, AusGamers and Hyper Magazine.