The trailer for David Fincher's English-language version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has leaked. It looks intense and action-packed, but can this thing be better than the original Swedish version?
Trent Reznor and Karen O provide a dark, noisy soundtrack with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" setting the pace for quick snippets of bloody faces, car crashes, sinister looks, Daniel Craig hotness, snowy landscapes, and even a bit of side boob at the 36th second. But still....
It looks exactly the same as the original film! For those of you who saw and loved the first flick, subtitles and all, this looks like a tired replay despite the acting chops of Craig and Rooney Mara. While Fincher can't be expected to veer from the plot too extremely, one would hope that he would mix it up as much as possible. He is known for his fast-paced dialogue a la The Social Network, but it's hard to tell if this 1) is included and 2) will have any effect since the trailer is all whirring adrenaline and no words.
The original grossed $16m in Scandinavia and $10.1 m in the US. Film-maker Niels Arden Oplev is not very happy about the La La land remake. And why would he be? It will veer people away from his film, thus lessening his bottom line. He told the Word & Film website:
"Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake; like, 'Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original? It's like, what do you want to see – the French version of La Femme Nikita or the American one? You can hope that Fincher does a better job."
He's got a good point. For those not familiar with the story: Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist, is hired to solve a 40-year-old missing-person case, and Lisbeth Salander, a sort of goth-like and damaged hacker joins the investigation. They fall in love, or something like it, and go through twists and turns uncovering all sorts of sickness and murder and Nazism within the family they were hired by.
The Swedish version was incredibly good and the language barrier helped lend the Nordic tale authenticity and was therefore, more scary. It's also way more graphic than US censors would ever allow (two intense rape scenes), which could be a positive or negative depending on your own personal preference and how much you like to squirm and cover your eyes.
If you haven't seen it, will you Netflix the Swedish version? Will you wait for the US film? If you've seen the original, how do you think it will stack up to this "feel bad movie of Christmas"?