The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo cements David Fincher's place as one of the best modern mainstream directors. Following on from
The curious case of Benjamin Button
and The Social Network
(Alien3 was not his own end product so we'll take it in that context)
It's just very good. Don't worry about analogies with the book or Swedish language movie just watch it as is. Rooney Mara is spot on as the girl and Craig brings a dishevelled charm to proceedings. All the cast are excellent and create an atmosphere that reels you into the world in which it is set.
It's bleak, thrilling,intense, interesting and as good a mainstream piece of cinema you are going to see; from a director at the top of his game.