Monday, May 21, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. B
Just how seriously are we supposed to take this movie? It's such a dark, pulpy adventure, yet there's also a serious, at times somber tone to it (note the tonal shift of the remake in the final scene), a feeling that beneath the nazi intrigue and what not, this is actually earnest drama. It worked for me with the Swedish original because it was so fresh and there was a mystery to solve. It didn't bother me that there wasn't a David Fincher behind the camera to make it visually compelling. I was focused on the story. With the American remake, I knew what would happen (and also discovered that the mystery isn't actually that good) and found myself responding very coldly to the material. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, unfortunately, simply isn't good enough to be repeated for American audiences. That being said, it's not a bad movie. Fincher of course does his thing, and Rooney Mara is a revelation, making the Noomi Rapace performance in the original look like child's play. But frankly I was a little bored with the film, a shame due to all the effort that was put into it. That being said, I'm not opposed to an American sequel. Lisbeth Salander is a great character, and the focus is more on her in the follow-ups. But she's not in Dragon Tattoo enough to make last beyond an initial viewing. The plot is airplane material, meant to be disposed of, not repeated.