Well I'm glad someone
started this thread!
After a string of disappointments in the theater awhile back, I decided to stay away for awhile. What got me off of my butt to go to the theater again? Hammer Films' first theatrical production in many years was a really exciting prospect and it happened to be a new adaption of a book that was made into an acclaimed foreign film that was released a couple of years ago.
First of all, the actors in this film are top notch. Really. Some of the best "kid" actors I've ever seen. Ever. The music is very well done. The cinematography is great. Of course, the story is very good. The directing is impressive. This has got to win some kind of Oscar(s).
They picked up the brutality, scares & pacing a bit in this film, compared to the Swedish adaption, yet it runs the same length of time. The director also added some insight to some scenarios, along with some other nice touches. Some scenes are new, some are re-envisioned (rather nicely, I might add), some scenes from the Swedish aren't here, as can and should be expected with any new adapation of a novel. I found this version to be a bit more involving, and a bit more emotional.
I recommend this to everyone. Good job Hammer!