It is impossible not to compare the lead characters from the two versions.
With regard to the Mikael Blomkvists I liked Michael Nyqvist in the Swedish version more than Daniel Craig in the American movie.
It was more that Nyqvist fitted my image of Blomkvist more than Craig. My mental picture of Blomkvist was not of a man with a sculpted body. I saw him as a good looking guy but not the hunk that is Craig. Of the journalists I have met over the few years few, very few, had a body like Craig.
My biggest surprise was Craig as an actor. Having only seen him in Bond movies before this movie I had no idea he was a good actor.
Of the Salanders I liked Rooney Mara from the American version more than Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version.
It is harder for me to say why I preferred Mara. Perhaps it was I saw in her the touch of vulnerability that underlies the hard edges of Salander.
In watching each movie I was struck by how visual images are sometimes more powerful than a written description.
When Salander is brutalized by her new guardian I was almost unable to watch the scene.
Later in the movie when Blomkvist is studying photos a vital clue appears far more vividly from the visual images.
The Swedish movie had a budget of about $10 million and grossed $104 million in world release.
The American movie cost almost $100 million and had a $232 million international gross.
While Swedish films were made of the whole trilogy only the first has been filmed in America. There have been many stories about sequels but none have been made.
In the past week there have been stories that Hollywood is looking at a sequel involving the latest book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which is not part of the trilogy. They would skip the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy. As well it is reported that Crain and Mara would not be the stars. Ah, trust Hollywood to screw up an exceptional series of thrillers.