Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Lisbeth Looks A Bit Chilly

So here we are, the needless US remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is coming, and we have now seen the first teaser poster, and I have flown into paroxysms of rage. Why the f**k is Lisbeth topless? It goes against the character. It’s cheap. It doesn’t fit with the story, and Rooney Mara looks freezing. It makes Daniel Craig look like a dirty old man. Granted, that’s pretty much how Blomkvist feels during his encounters with Salander, but there’s no need whatsoever to have her topless on the poster.

Look at the posters for the original Swedish films (which are quite brilliant). The posters that aren’t face-shots of Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth depict the character in a leather jacket and hoody. Those images fit the character and the story much better than a cheap shot of an actress with her tits out. This is just one more reason for me to not see this bloody remake.

Here's one of the posters for the original:

The original Swedish versions are wonderful, and a very respectful take on Stieg Larsson’s books. Yes, there is sex and there is nudity, but it wasn’t splashed all over the posters, and was always in context. It would be more understandable if she had her back to the camera, thus displaying the titular tattoo.

I know that money needs to be made from the franchise before it fades into being mocked a la The Da Vinci Code (even though a fortune has already been looted from Larsson’s legacy), but there are better ways. Hell, there’s an English audio dub on the Swedish DVDs. If people can’t deal with subtitles, just flip the audio. And has Rooney been photoshopped? She seems rather more buxom in that image than she actually is in the film. I’ll never know though, as I for one won’t be going to see this remake. Not for me, thanks.

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