For those who haven’t watched the original (or too lazy to read subtitles) will find a captivating crime thriller and murder mystery in David Fincher’s remake. The cinematography and direction gave it a dazzling Hollywood treatment, making it entertaining in every frame.
For those who have seen the original, the remake is a carbon copy with an edited ending. It isn’t as mentally engaging as Lisbeth sets out on her motorcycle and pretty much solves a big chunk of the mystery with ease while Mikael discovers some overlooked detail in his files. In the original, the sense of discovery is more apparent as the two leads work with what they have and unravel some facts together.
Daniel Craig delivers a good performance. Rooney Mara looks like she’s playing dress-up.
If you judge the remake on its own, it’s still an entertaining and engrossing film. But if the only thing that’s stopping you from watching the original is the subtitles, there are a lot more great films that you’re going to miss.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a captivating Fincher remake for people who don't want to read subtitles.