Much will be made of Rooney Mara’s performance in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” because it’s the best thing about the movie. Her Lisbeth Salander character is one of the most unique and memorable female characters in recent literature and readers- especially women – are fascinated by her. Rooney didn’t deviate from the book. But the script adaptation for the book is a huge disappointment. Viewers who didn’t read the book are doomed to two and a half hours of confusion. The complex story needed simplification for the big screen and the result is exasperating. It’s a glossy, well made, quality film that is far too difficult for most people to follow. Blame the script writer.


Posted by Janet on December 19, 2011

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  1. By Muffie!!
    On December 19, 2011 at

    I’m just not sure why Hollywood remade this movie. The original movie was fantastic. I think it must either be because they liked it so much that they couldn’t resist remaking it. or they couldn’t figure out how to use the English dubbing( I watched the movie with English dubbing and it still kicked butt!)

    Probably a more likely reason is, Hollywood is out of out of quality script ideas, and therefore are now outsourcing them. The actors in the original movie were superb, and the set location were perfect. Therefore, I somehow feel I would be doing the Swedish version an injustice if I contribute to American box office sales. All this being said though, I am sure I will see the movie, as Daniel Craig is an awesome actor, and I saw Rooney on Live with Kelly this morning, and she was impressive. I think
    seeing it on New Years is probably more appropriate than Christmas though, as It is very dark story.

  2. By Chicagoland
    On December 19, 2011 at

    Firm believer in “to each his own.”

    So the audience for this film will most likely be fans of the book and of the original Swedish production (which was a TV series recut into a feature film—and it looked it).

    But in my opinion, there just isn’t much there. When you figure out that the villains are—*****SPOILER ALERT*****—the Nazis, the whole things seems pretty pointless.

    And this actress who is telling anyone who will listen that she “REALLY got her nipple pierced for the role,” isn’t helping the cause. LOTS of hype. Not much of a compelling story.

  3. By Kitty
    On December 19, 2011 at

    Judging from the previews of this dreck, I’ll pass.

  4. By Pippa Martins-St. Onge
    On December 19, 2011 at

    The original film was excellent. Hollywood has destroyed it.

  5. By forrest gump
    On December 19, 2011 at

    you still like it to be seen as FAGGOT?

  6. By Reta
    On December 19, 2011 at

    Again Gerard…you stun me completely with your inability to articulate a sensible thought.

  7. By Reta
    On December 19, 2011 at

    I myself had never heard of this actress before this film, but them haven’t had my head up too much in the last year or so. Am wondering tho if she switched her given names to produce this rather odd stage name. Mara Rooney seems much more likely a newborn’s given name. Huh?

  8. By Denise
    On December 20, 2011 at

    Reta, there’s no use trying to make sense of “forrest gump”. I don’t know about the first name “Rooney”, but her last name is Mara. Her sister is Kate Mara who was in Brokeback Mountain, and more recently, in American Horror Story.

    I enjoyed these books,(except for most of the third which was very boring)and am almost always disappointed when I see the movie.

  9. By GOD
    On December 20, 2011 at

    Forrest, go back to your fidgets and squezzee balls.
    No computer for you!

  10. By Gogogoverness
    On December 22, 2011 at

    Had no idea Hollywood stole another foreign film to copy. Blah! I’ll look for the original, Swedish, version now but I’ll wait for the American one to come out on DVD.

    I hope this isn’t an ‘Alfie’. The English, original ‘Alfie’ was nothing like the HOllywood version with Jude Law and that movie put an end to my Jude Law fascination.

  11. By margie
    On December 28, 2011 at

    Unrecognizable screen adaptation??? You could be talking about the Swedish version. It had very little to do with the book and I couldn’t figure out how the director could waste over 2 hours of screen time for something that went nowhere. And that doesn’t even get into Noomi Rapace, who looked like a rodent for the entire film. This version couldn’t be any worse and I love the cast.


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