I love the Swedish version of the trilogy, but out of curiosity wanted to check out the US version. I came out feeling neutral. It was still a captivating movie, though a bit long at 158 mins (IMDB).
Daniel Craig plays so convincingly as 007 James Bond that it is hard to un-dress him and re-dress him in any other characters. Perhaps, the problem of detecting vulnerability in him makes it even harder, cause I always expect him to come out of any situation unscathed. Nonetheless, at the very end of TGWDT, I see this vulnerability …. a little.
The heroine of the trilogy, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) in this version is missing that über-smartness in both the book and the Sweden version. I saw that in Noomi Rapace portrays of Lisbeth, but not so much in Rooney. Perhaps, I am picky, but Lisbeth is the story! and the reason why I couldn’t put the books down.
Interestingly, both versions edit and add stuff in the final cuts. Mostly details that will not affect the movie itself. Surprisingly, the US version is closer to the details in the book.
The storyline is based on the rich, screwed-up, pro-Nazi, Wanger family in an isolated islet connected by a small steel-bridge. Michael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) awaits jail time, but investigative/chronicle work comes along to keep him busy. Lisbeth, a trouble-genius of sort helps Michael to solve the mystery, humps him, falls in love, falls out of love, and the serial killer driven to his death. It’s a movie about characters development, so no less like loving 007or not.
Overall, TGWDT-US, is diligent, well-paced, worth watching movie,especially if you haven’t seen it or read the book.
To answer the question of Why a US version, apparently, US (my US friends confirmed) audiences are not warm to subtitled foreign movies!!! and foreign movies distributions are worse than first-runs, i.e., some movies will never see their days or nights in any movie theaters outside of metropolitan cities.
WATCH! in theater
Expected out in DVD July 2012 (www.dvdreleases.org)