Aside from the bizarre, music video opening – which also features a terrible cover of “Immigrant Song” – and the bizarre “Swedish” accents of all the Swedish characters (a huge pet peeve of mine in any English language film set in a foreign country), I think this is probably superior, as a film, to the original Swedish version, despite how it strays (to my knowledge) from the book. In fact, I would suggest that if you do not agree that Fincher is a great director, it may be worth watching how he handles this material as compared to the director of the Swedish version. It’s probably illustrative. Most of what I didn’t like about this one can probably be traced to the screenplay or the original novel.
But one little nit-picky thing – and, forgive me, it’s been ages since I saw the Swedish film – what the hell happened to you know who? That seems like a glaring omission. I must have missed the part where they told us.