Well, I spent a couple months this year watching reruns of Criminal Minds every night, which can be a pretty disturbing show. Now I'm not quite sure why I did that, but anyway.... I feel like I've had my quota of dark stuff for a while & have little interest in Dragon Tattoo right now. Why am I even posting on this thread? I'm intrigued by anything that Christopher Plummer is in & that may yet move me to see the movie at some point.
I haven't read any of the books and don't intend to. What will this movie do for the state of my psyche?
If you haven't read any of the books or seen the Swedish movies, I'd not attempt to watch this one quite yet. The Swedish movies were quite disturbing to me, and it took a bit of time to shake off that darkness (but violence in movies always disturbs me--I'm a bit of a wimp that way). If the US versions are similarly dark and disturbing, I'd not watch them unless I were in a very stable state.
Meanwhile I like this bit from a September piece on the film's trailer in The Guardian:
Speaking of which, where on earth is Fincher's Dragon Tattoo supposed to be set? Some alternate reality universe where the Angles, Saxons and Jutes (re)invaded Sweden rather than migrating to the British Isles? Accents in the remake suggest a population of Brits and Swedes, though the film was shot mostly in Sweden, where the novel – which spawned one of the world's best-selling crime series – is firmly set. Are the Brits supposed to be Swedish too? Perhaps Blomkvist's accent is the result of Craig's version having grown up in Blighty? Will the film-makers bother to explain such anomalies at all, or are we firmly ensconced in Highlander territory?
The whole thing smacks of compromise. Take Girl with the Dragon Tattoo entirely out of Sweden and it loses much of its idiosyncratic charm and personality, yet a remake with an-all Scandinavian cast would hardly have had the studio bean counters frothing at the mouth. Fincher seems to have decided to take the best of both worlds, which is just downright weird.