Director: David Fincher
Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson
Having previously watched the Swedish version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and found it rather dull, I was a little sceptical about this Hollywood re-make. However, the trailers were convincing enough to make me think that this version could be a little faster paced.
The Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, like the Swedish film, remains relatively faithful to the book. The movie is still a long one, but somehow doesn't drag its feet in quite the same way. There are still lots of loose ends and sub-plots to tie up, but Fincher manages this is a much more concise way.
It's certainly not going to be my film of the year (or, I certainly hope it won't - if it does, I'll be disappointed with the offerings), but if you've read the book and enjoyed the story, this is worth a watch. It's also one of those rare moments where I prefer the Hollywood remake to the original foreign language version (although I have to admit that I'm still not sure what was going on with those bizarre opening credits).
Rating: 3.5 out of 5