I have to confess I have not read the Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series trilogy but I did see the original Swedish version of the entire trilogy which was amazing. I had extreme reservations about an US remake especially with the way Hollywood decides to tell a story. I was sadly correct that the intimacy, subtle undertones and thrilling mystery delivered by director Niels Arden Oplev would be over stylized and overdone to miss the greatness of the story. So here is the plotline:
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger’s (Christopher Plummer) teen niece Harriet. However, as the pair dig into the Vanger estate history, disturbing revelations complicate the case and threaten Blomkvist and Salander’s lives.
Sounds great doesn’t it? It is but in typical American style, the tension between Blomkvist and Salander is set by the wayside to increase the dangerous, gritty feel of the movie. The duo didn’t even connect until more than half of the movie had elapsed and still worked very independent of each other. Don’t get me wrong, both versions are dark. The subject matter in general deals with murders in the name of religion and race, rape, and torture. It’s not that the Swedish version glossed over those scenes or imagines but watch any movie out there and it’s obvious American movie goers need a certain amount of blood and shock value to be entertained.
The original Swedish version brought you into this world a bit better than the American version. Noomi Rapace( Sherlock Holmes 2) was genius in this role which clearly made her in demand. I feel Rooney Mara is trying to hard to be bad ass and awkward. It just wasn’t a fit. If I had no knowledge of the original version, the movie was interesting and a good dramatic thriller
Before I end, it is true the American version stayed truer to the novel than the Swedish version. I just prefer the growing relationship that was seen in the Swedish movie, plus highlights into the future installments. I recommend watching both versions and deciding on your own.