3/10 What a massive disappointment this movie was. Sony Pictures made the colossal mistake of not letting David Fincher (along with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig) come back for the sequel to 2011’s underrated film, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Instead, they treated this movie as a sequel to it, but changed the entire cast and crew to what results as a massive downgrade in every way possible. Claire Foy is an extremely talented actress but Rooney Mara is a better Lisbeth Salander, partly because she just fits the role better but also greatly because this script doesn’t give Foy much to do compared with the script Mara had to work with. At least the Salander character in this movie does get some development. The same cannot be said about the rest of the cast of characters. Mikael Blomkvist, now played by no name actor Sverrir Gudnason, is not only a huge step down from Daniel Craig, but is not developed at all and doesn’t have much to do. The villains are terrible, forgettable and not developed or menacing at all. The plot of this movie feels like a really bad Roger Moore era James Bond flick in how laughably bad and cliché it is. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” not only had a great story but what made it interesting was that there was mystery behind it. We as the audience were trying to solve the case with our main characters. In this movie, there is no real suspense or mystery behind the story. We watch things unfold in a generic way, without feeling like a part of it. There is also a moment of escape in the movie that was extremely anticlimactic and unrealistic. In the beginning, we see a very young girl jump off a ridiculously high point of a building and not only doesn’t die but apparently didn’t suffer a scratch. Salander’s character makes one extremely stupid decision in terms of the villain about half way through the movie and it really makes you roll your eyes and throw your hands up in frustration. This movie was billed as “A New Dragon Tattoo Story” but isn’t based off of one of the several books in the original Millennium series, but instead a fourth book written by a different author. It may have been a much better idea to have just adapted the second book in the series. Claire Foy deserves better than this and luckily since this movie (rightfully so) was a box office bomb, I think Sony will have learned their lesson and we won’t be getting any more of these movies for a very long time, if at all.
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