Words by Greg Bailey
David Fincher’s Hollywood remake of Stieg Larrsson’s bestseller is set to crash onto our screens like George Michael into a proverbial Snappy Snaps this December. This is the first of the Millennium Series, a trilogy of award winning crime novels. Published posthumously in 2004 and selling over 27 million copies, these figures alone indicate this is no ordinary tale. This is a colossal saga, a collision of entropic events such as serial murder, corporate trickery, international financial fraud and the buried evil of a wealthy Swedish family. Unlike mystic Meg magically foretelling Jim from Brighton will have not enjoy going to work on Monday morning , Larsson seems to actually be able to predict the future, the multitude of circumstances portrayed in this picture can practically be lifted from newspapers of recent times.
With heavy weights such as Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Joely Richardson, and an unrecognisable Rooney Mara ( Youth in Revolt, The Social Network) coached by Director David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) this picture has all of the Hallmarks of an absolute epic feature film. This being said the Swedish version was pure brilliance and why should we reward Hollywood for a copycat remaking? Especially just after two years. I just hope Fincher stays true to the literary masterpieces from which the film has been conceived. I’m not saying this will be another Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet Of The Apes, unless Fincher was consuming copious amounts of antifreeze while enjoying a few Jefferies between takes, but I am hoping this picture pays justice to the title it wears…mmm is that a comparison piece I see on the horizon?