The remake of the Swedish version of the film was technically an awesome film. The acting, the directing and overall filmmaking was excellent. The film being in english without having to read subtitles made it easier for an American audience to accept and enjoy. However, was there really anything that stood out from the Swedish film? Hollywood is very good at what they do and with the proper resources Hollywood is always going to be technically superior. I thought that the the original film was pretty good and it did a great job of storytelling with some interesting twists that you don’t normally see in American films.
Vanilla Sky is a good example of a remake that works. The remake of The Shinning was an example of why not to remake an already awesome film. Plus, who can do it better than Kubrik?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a film worth watching and I enjoyed watching it. However, I felt that I was looking for the similarities to the original version. It almost seemed that the story was identical without too many twists except for the ending. For those of you that have seen the Swedish version you may also analyze the film in much the same way. For those that have not you will be in for an awesome ride into an intense ride while trying to figure out the plot along with the actors.
I give this film a 4 out of 5 stars.