Watched Dec 29, 2011
I walked into this film thinking this is just going to be a remake of the Swedish films, but after watching, it felt more like a reinterpretation of the novel. The Swedish Lisbeth played by Noomi Rapace was on point, so it was hard for me to accept another version of Lisbeth, but Rooney Mara did a great job making the character her own. The soundtrack was of course brilliant, and David Fincher is the perfect director to bring the dark twisty story to the screen (sidenote: I felt like Fincher held back a bit with some scenes because it wasn't as brutal as one would expect, especially from him).
My main problem with this film is the casting of Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist... He's just too smoldering and good looking. At one point, he had his shirt off and although his physique is not as good as when he played James Bond, he still oozed 007.
It's hard not to compare the Swedish version to the American version, so it's worthwhile to watch both and deduce which version you prefer. Personally, I like the Swedish version more because the cast was perfect, the story was better paced, and it was more authentic... the American version is just flawed in some aspects.