December 2011

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24 FILM 3 VERY SILLY STONER MOVIES HOW HIGH (2001) GUESTLIST.NET Issue 34 / December 2011 HALF BAKED (1998) UP IN SMOKE (1978) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Can David Fincher's American remake live up to the Swedish original? Talk about a tough act to follow. 2009's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo veered dangerously close to perfection, combining a gripping murder mystery with unexpect- edly shocking torture scenes. The Swedish thriller went on to snag a BAFTA, stun critics and help launch Noomi Rapace as the next big thing. So universally agreed was the film's brilliance that when plans were an- nounced for a Hollywood remake, not even the presence of an A-list director (David Fincher), an estab- lished action movie hero (Daniel Craig) and a hotly-tipped newcomer (Rooney Mara) could stop people from asking: "...what's the point?". But this is David Fincher, the man behind Fight Club and The Social Network. The point is this: you're in safe hands when Mr. Fincher's involved. Assuming the original's chilly cin- ematography and tense atmosphere from the off, Fincher's update is a faithful one, most importantly keeping its killer premise almost completely intact: when publicly-dis- graced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is hired to solve the mystery of a girl whose been missing for 40 years, he quickly becomes drawn into her family's lurid history, even- tually joining forces with Lisbeth Salander, a mysterious computer hacker, to help solve the case. It's a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie and the film keeps you guessing and enthralled throughout despite its surprisingly long running time. But what separates it all from your favourite episode of Poirot is the violence. While not exactly gratuitous (the Saw films have set that bar pretty high), it's certainly disturbing. A subplot involving Lis- beth's depraved parole officer yields plenty of distressing moments, becoming all the more effective thanks to Mara's exceptional per- formance as Lisbeth. Granted, the character itself is so electric that it's a pretty hard one to mess up but the pressure on Mara to match Rapace's tour de force performance can't be underestimated. Fiery, magnetic and occasionally sexy, you can see why Fincher was so insistent on casting her. A perfectly good remake, then. And with a story this good, why wouldn't you want to relive it?

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