This is the first of the three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy, and a remake of the Niels Arden Oplev film .
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo follows reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) as he investigates a case that's been cold for more than 40 years. During his investigation, he gets help from Lisbeth, a computer hacker covered in tattoos and piercings. Lisbeth, the titular character of the series, has been in and out of trouble and mental hospitals most of her life.
This remake is hard to compare to the Swedish film, which was made for television and seen in instalments. This version is more cinematic, more stylish and has Fincher’s stamp of meticulousness on it. Rooney Mara brings her own quality to the character Lisbeth, which Naomi Rapace portrayed with precision in the previous version. Even if you are familiar with the novels and the earlier film, “it barely matters: Fincher's expert handling makes this feel as though it's been lifted fresh from the icebox” (Brooks, 2011).
Brooks, Xan. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. www.guardian.co.uk. 16 Dec. 2011.