This is a crisp, deeply involving mystery; one of the better films of the year.
In theaters: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer
Skysaid on Monday, June 18, 2012 8:45:16 PMI had to watch this film twice in a row to really catch everything and I still missed a bunch. There's so many shots in the film where everyone will have a different take as to what is happening; great movie from this regard. My only complaint is how desensitized modern audiences must be. Though I understand moments in the film are there for a purpose and to elaborate and explain context, there are some extremely explicit scenes which only hurt the film in my opinion. Not everything needs to be seen to have a great film. Watching nature unfold and actions unfold is different than those same scenes being implied, but the effect on the audience will vary. But the demented parts don't enhance this film, though the film is amazing by itself I found a couple scenes unnecessary in furthering the plot. How are we the viewer suppose to emphasize with the madness of the story if were expected to endure and watch what is being promoted as immoral. Explicit material should be left for the N/R category, for some reason R films became porno's when in this film it doesn't even come off tasteful or even 'artsy'. It is an amazingly well shot and orchestrated piece of work, but it loses any credibility when it denies one thing to be bad and then promotes itself as such at the same time. The same goes for the lead characters. They are anti-hero's/heroins in a sense. They claim what their solving to be bad, yet they display morals which most would consider very much immoral. The main characters are oxymoron's. And whether this was the films intention to show the double standard I'm not sure, but it comes off extremely hypocritical. Great cast, great story, intriguing and is one of the few actual suspense mysteries I've really enjoyed. But honestly, Hollywood and Finch go overboard sometimes. The movie has nudity, got it, I don't care, but I've never respected directors that feel they need even more extremely vulgar and inhumane scenes which are totally inappropriate and simply don't need to be seen. Though I've watched the film twice, I won't be watching it again. Well executed and intriguing and some amazing shots, but a great film has re-watchability, especially mysteries. If this film didn't drift into porno rape category I'd probably go re watch it again right now.
Cassie Hillsaid on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:28:36 PMRichard, your review is 100% accurate. This remake is remarkable and amazing!
Clyde Collinssaid on Saturday, December 24, 2011 5:30:05 PMAside from the great story, actors' performances, haunting soundtrack and thrilling directing from David Fincher the cinematography was what amazed me with this film. This movie should be the major point in the argument that digital cinema is not only possible but the future. The quality of image that the red camera produced for this film not only competes with 35 mm but may exceeds its ability's. This film shows even though digital imaging is in its infancy the possibilities are very bright for the future.
robin mishrasaid on Sunday, December 18, 2011 12:55:23 PMI saw both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2009 & 2001) and i want to say only that easy predictable story. Useless scenes,common story plot, nothing surprise.
Bob Johnsonsaid on Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:21:11 AMAm anxious to see this film. I watched Swedish version 4 times, my favorite movie of the year. Also read all 3 books in the trilogy before watching the three Swedish films which helped understand voids in them. Noomi was great as Lisbeth and I hope Rooney is as good or even better.
Benjamin Contrerassaid on Sunday, December 18, 2011 4:51:58 AMYou need to watch the original movie! It's a clasic!
Reply from Richard Roeper I've seen it, thanks!
joe-bob elginsaid on Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:57:41 PMJust like The Ropester, I too was not sure that we needed an American version of TGWTDT. I am happy to hear the his review was very positive and though Rooney has a little less sex appeal as did the Swedish Lisbeth, I cant wait to see this and I am going to have to read the book sometime soon. The Swedish version is an A and I cant wait to enjoy this version together with some of Valparaiso's finest kernels mixed in with some of Wisconsin's liquidfied yellow syrup washed down by Atlanta's near perfect beverage!
Myrasaid on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 11:22:05 PMI can't wait to see this! The way that Rooney matches the book description of lisbeth and the way she seems to have understood the character is outstanding. I wish there were more books with more than one good movie adaptation like this one. I will see the Swedish version as soon as I see the Hollywood approach.