BETTER THAN THE BOOK: David Fincher's American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo manages to improve on the book and the Swedish film. PHOTO BY ANDERS LINDÉN. © 2011 COLUMBIA TRISTAR. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Directed by David Fincher

David Fincher's film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo should please fans of Stieg Larsson's Millen­nium Trilogy. Fincher and his screenwriter, Steven Zaillian, remain faithful to the complicated plot of the trilogy's first book, and they reproduce most of its many characters. In truth they improve vastly on their source material.

Larsson's story chronicles the alliance of a disgraced Stockholm editor named Mikael Blomkvist and an antisocial young hacker named Lisbeth Salander, who set out to solve the decades-old disappearance of a young heiress and to track down a misogynistic serial killer. The book is in­geniously plotted, but it has the chilly purposefulness of a certain brand of modern detective fiction, and it lingers distastefully on the particulars of murder and rape. (The second and third installments provide the narrative cleverness and the escalating suspense without the clinical violence.)

 

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