If there is one thing that I cannot bring myself to understand, it has got to be movie remakes. I do grasp the fact that economically speaking, it is the best way to make money, because famous actors are what bring the big public to the theatres, but as a person who has seen many original movies and subsequently their remakes, I still wonder why? Why, if the copy is always worse than the original?
Take The Tourist, for instance: funny and smart, it stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, but its French original, Anthony Zimmer, with Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal, is still a hundred times better. Or The Last Kiss which, although starring Rachel Bilson and Zach Braff, simply could not manage to be better than L’ultimo Bacio, the original Italian version.
I have actually already seen it. Well, actually a very well dubbed original…
This is the reason why I am going to judge The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, even before it is out in theatres: I have actually already seen it. Well, actually a very well dubbed original, perfectly adapted from Stieg Larsson’s book, magnificently played by Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. Who are they? I had no idea before watching the film, but what does it change? The fascinating journalist Mikael Blomkvist is exactly how I imagined him and Lisbeth Salander, the challenging character that she is, found its perfect interpreter. But the amazing main actors are not all: secondary characters, settings, and moments. Everything is exactly how it was supposed to be.
It is already difficult enough to make a good film out of a great book, but it is simply suicidal to try to make a good film out of a great book that already has its great movie. Only by watching the three minutes thirty seconds long trailer, I had my confirmation: Daniel Craig is just not what Blomkvist is supposed to be, Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth is never going to live up to the expectations – can someone please explain what that accent is supposed to be? Harriett is not the stunning girl you would imagine her to be. The only ones that might save the film, if it can be saved, are Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård; their interpretations of Henrik and Martin Vanger respectively look like the only promising elements.
…the film is not going to be worth the entry ticket…
I sincerely believe that the film is not going to be worth the entry ticket – I’d really rather watch the 2009 original once again – but I might decide to go and see it as soon as it comes out: if there is one thing that I like more than watching original films rather than the copy, it’s saying this short, little sentence: “I told you so”.