There’s been quite a bit of hype over this remake, hasn’t there? Well, apparently I’m one of few who’s never read Stieg Larsson’s books or seen the Swedish films and that proved to have a bit of an effect on my reception of David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Perhaps if I were familiar with the source material, I’d have had an easier time following all the details, but, then again, this should be a review of David Fincher’s film and Fincher’s film alone, so my novice status makes this a purer evaluation.
After journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is convicted of libel and must forfeit his life savings, he’s contacted by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), who wants Mikael to re-direct his investigating skills towards finding the individual responsible for his great-niece’s murder back in 1966. With no solid reason to turn down the offer, Mikael accepts and moves into a small cottage on the Vanger family’s island.
Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), the young woman employed by Henrik’s lawyer to spy on Mikael before his hiring, is struggling with financial troubles. Parentless and a ward of the state, a court-ordered guardian maintains control over her finances and he refuses to hand over her cash without sexual favors. After putting her unconventional and incredibly resourceful skills to use to take care of that situation, she heads out to Hedestad to work as Mikael’s assistant.
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