I recently checked out the American adaptation of the BBC’s “Being Human,” a show I thoroughly enjoyed for its thoughtful and earnest exploration into what separates monsters from men (and, ya know, the entertaining power-hungry vampires and mad scientists, too). What I found was practically an exact replica of the original show, which begs the question “Why remake this show AT ALL?” Are American jobs more important than original content?
For many a year now, I have despised the American remake; More often than not it is a hollow bastardization of the original creation, spoiled with needless CGI and a general lack of authentic performances…Essentially, the Amerian remake reflects the lazy, under-educated mentality of this country: Too many subtitles, not enough explosions.
So, while I enjoyed Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I could not help but watch uncomfortably due to the peeve factor. Yes, 3-hours of subtitles can be arduous, but are 3-hours of Swedish-accented English much better? I simply cannot understand the logic behind keeping everything about the original story intact EXCEPT the spoken language (which often needed subtitles due to the thick accents). Places, names, every bloody newspaper clipping, nothing has changed but the dialogue. Perhaps this makes perfect sense to Hollywood, but to me it feels off.
That being said, I would still recommend this film. Apart from the lamest dragon tattoo the makeup department could produce, the film absolutely stands up to the original (as any direct copy should). Rooney Mara (with the incredible everchanging hairdo) is fantastic, which is fortunate as she is stepping into some very large boots, and the rest of the cast does a similarly stellar job. The real winner of the movie should be the opening credits, which were fascinatingly creepy and set to the awesome cover of “Immigrant Song.” Still, I can’t shake my wariness towards the film, because as good as it might be, it’s still a remake.
So, let me know: Did you like the remake, or do Hollywood copouts leave you peeved as well?