girl with the dragon tattooAs a fan of the book and the original flick, I'll admit I was skeptical about how this latest incarnation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was going to turn out. The first (subtitled) flick starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace seemed to get everything right: It was visually stark and minimalist in that really cool Swedish kind of way; the performances were solid.

I figured that when David Fincher got his hands on this script, he'd crank up the industrial doom in the way only David Fincher can, but what I didn't realize -- until I saw the just-released extended version of the movie's trailer -- was that David Fincher's style would fit this story so perfectly.

A good portion of that Fincher-esque menace is visual: The same rough-around-the-edges, slightly off-balance quality the director debuted in Se7en is on display here.

But, as usual, it seems that Fincher managed to coax similarly layered, raw performances out of his actors. Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger? Brilliant! My prediction? Rooney Mara (cast as lead character Lisbeth Salander) is going to EXPLODE after this. As for Daniel Craig ... you'll hear no complaints from me.

Then there's the soundtrack to consider ... from what I've heard so far, Led Zeppelin, Trent Reznor, and Karen O are among the artists featured. Can I download it yet??

Were you a fan of the book and/or original movie? Watch this and let me know what you think ...

Will this version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo be better than the original?


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