It will be interesting to see how Hollywood remakes this excellent movie come late December of this year. With, no doubt, a big budget and a big star, Daniel Craig, go big expectations with the Christmas season release. However the odds are strong that the Hollywood version has nowhere to go but down compared to this 2009 original.
The simple reason is that some of the story, and scenes, are too raw to appear in mainstream movies. Yet those scenes are important in understanding how and why Lisbeth is who she is and how she acts. Without them all that’s left is a good murder mystery. With them is an intriguing captivating and unusual movie.
No doubt Hollywood will add in better production values and editing, but in the end it’s always the story that makes a movie what it is. Lose the story and the movie goes with it.
For now, and until Netflix decides to change some policy, you can stream the original in preparation for your own comparison in December. If you like the original, there are two more movies in the trilogy for you to stream. Each builds on the first and reveals additional details of Lisbeth’s life. Even with subtitles and a length of around 2.5 hours each, these movies will keep you in your seat until the end. Let’s see if Hollywood can do the same for the 95 minute length of their first remake. I doubt it.