First Impressions - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): First Trailer

The first trailer for David Fincher's version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been released, and while it is only a minutes and forty seconds long, I am both encouraged and discouraged by it.

Anyone that has followed this blog over the past year knows how much I enjoyed the original Swedish versions of the movies based on the late author Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' Trilogy. I won't re-hash my love for the films here, you can see my reviews for the Swedish films at these links: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

I am encouraged by a couple things. Even though the trailer is a collection of many short clips, it appears as though Fincher has kept the most disturbing scenes which is really the foundation for the Lisbeth Salander character. What will be interesting to see will be how those scenes are shot and cut. They were pretty graphic in the Swedish film and I remember thinking 'I'm not sure they could do that in mainstream American cinema' when I first saw it. I'm really looking forward to the score by Trent Reznor. I think his sound is a great fit for the feel of the story. I also think that the cast looks the part as well. It's definitely a solid lineup with Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, and Rooney Mara. Unfortunately for Mara, no matter how well she does portraying Lisbeth Salander, she will forever be compared to Noomi Rapace, who's portrayal in the Swedish films was definitive.

I'm a little discouraged by the fact that all of the clips that are included show scenes that took place in the Swedish version. I really hope that the final product isn't a straight rehash of what has already been done. Otherwise, why bother?

I've been anticipating this film pretty much since it was announced. They've got a great director and a solid cast. With a little luck, Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will succeed similarly to Matt Reeves' Let Me In, an American version of a film based upon a Swedish novel that manages to be just as unique and entertaining as its Swedish counterpart.

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