Monday, 10 January 2011

20 for 2011: 19 - The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

Just in the race at 19 is David Fincher's English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I saw Niels Arden Orplev's version of the international best seller and, to be perfectly frank, I wasn't terribly impressed. It seemed to me that it was just a standard detective story that isn't actually solved by the protagonists and one terrific character.

I therefore really believe that David Fincher, the man behind Zodiac, can make a better job of adapting this dense and murky thriller. Especially when working with writer Steven Zaillian who has solid form in the genre. Perhaps the biggest drawback is Lisbeth Salander, the lead female who's damaged history is integral to the plot as well as a number of the meandering plotlines that link the three novels. It probably doesn't matter how well Rooney Mara fits into the character for most of us Noomi Raplace is Lisbeth and it will be difficult to get that indelible performance out of our heads.


Alex in Movieland said...

actually, these days I'm in the process of seeing the Swedish one, but I do wish Fincher would take on more daring projects.

Runs Like A Gay said...

I'd rather this than his 20,000 leagues under the sea project. Although it wouldn't hurt to leave the comfort zone just once.