So the hubby and I watched the English language version of this film last night. It, like the book, was a tad draggy at parts, but managed to keep our interest long enough that we finished it. I’m unsure how anyone who HADN’T read the book could follow it, though.
The casting seemed well done: Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, Rooney Mara as Lisbeth, Christopher Plummer as Vanger, etc. I was a tad peeved at first when I noticed the film eliminated/combined certain characters. Then I realized it made for a much simpler story…after all, one of my main complaints was that there were too many damn undeveloped characters! The scenes in Vanger’s basement and Bjurman’s bedroom seemed appropriately intense and true to the book. Subtle changes in Lisbeth’s character and dialogue seemed understandable and not off the mark. Blomkvist seemed less douchey than expected, but I guess not every one pictured him as the self-serving scumbag I did.
I still think I’d like the original Swedish film better, but alas, Redbox couldn’t provide that.