David Fincher, a master of graphic style in filmmaking, taking on Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander seemed like a match made in Hollywood heaven. But I have to be honest, I was a little let down. Maybe “The Social Network” set the bar too high. That rowing race scene with the Winklevoss twins getting beaten to the thunderous Germanic techno classical score was genius. No dialogue needed, the action spoke volumes of the characters and what they were fated to experience.
Whatever problems I have with the story, Fincher always gives us something pretty or at least interesting, to look at. Lisbeth’s look is one part don’t f**k with me masculine toughness, and one part alien beauty.
There was a lot written about Trish Summerville’s Lisbeth look, H&M even collaborated with her on a capsule collection. She won an award for Excellence in Contemporary Film from the Costume Designers Guild.
It’s fine. I know the the story is set in early 2000’s, so maybe that’s why it looks a little dated to me. But I think Daniel Craig’s rumpled professor look, kinda stole the show. Or maybe it’s just him. He’s hella sexy, no?
Fincher did a great job, but the adaptation was lacking something… And I must say, I cringed at the after-rape shower scene. Did not think Fincher would do something so clichéd. You would think he would’ve rolled his eyes after he read that.
It didn’t occur to me when I read the book, but when I saw this sequence, it clicked.
In keeping with the fairy tale theme, maybe that’s why they changed Harriet’s situation. Harriet escaping the trolls/ogres (her father and brother) was an act of “magic.” Out in the world she transformed into another person to survive, and she returns home victorious in a sense, having survived her horrific childhood.
It’s not a rave review but there are still plenty of reasons to see it. Rooney Mara was excellent. I’m still looking forward to seeing “Girl Who Played with Fire” and the development of her character.