Did a Swedish Book released in 2008 really need 2 films based on the same novel released just 2 years apart, both based in Sweden but one in Swedish and one in English? That's the question we ask as we look extensively at the 2011 English language Daniel Craig fronted version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Join your favourite transatlantic podcasting duo - Ian & Liam – as we take a look at a film that Sony had very big hopes for but never continued with the planned trilogy despite critical acclaim. We're joined by our Ellie is in fact-check corner. It's a wintery 23rd episode as we discuss:
- Why wasn't there more focus drawn to Lisbeth's titular dragon tattoo?
- The differences between the Swedish Film's 3 act structure and the American film's 5 Act Structure?
- Whether having an elaborate Bond-like title sequence was a good idea considering the film's leading man was the current 007
- Which of Rooney Mara's aesthetic changes were undertaken by the American actress and which were pretend
- The harrowing inspiration for the story itself in the mind of the author, Steig Larsson.
- Who was so close to getting the part of Lisbeth, and why did director David Fincher ultimately decide not to cast her.
- Who had a chance meeting with the film crew and managed to get herself in the film, and what is her connection to the original film?
- Which actor/actress was so disturbed by filming one of the more extreme scenes that they spent the whole next day crying in their hotel room.
- Whether The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the Best Film Ever.