As Oscars have a thing for impersonations these days, they also have a thing for hot young women. Mostly with just who they choose to be the winner, but it is something that has been going on since the days of Gwenyth Paltrow. Rooney Mara doesn't really fit into that category - she's not what I would call drop dead gorgeous and her attitude during interviews certainly didn't fit the bill of someone trying to get a nomination. But, Oscar also has a thing for remakes - if last year's True Grit wasn't proof enough, this year The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo became the newest remake to allegedly stun the Academy. There's nothing wrong with the film itself, but why watch this one when you can watch a much better one and the original just in the Swedish language?
But, what Rooney Mara? I've already seen Noomi Rapace give this same character the screen treatment and in a very good way, she didn't hold anything back and brought a strong intensity to the character which was needed. Now we have Rooney Mara, an already limited actress, armed with an odd, almost unnecessary accent and the misguided intensity. In some scenes, she even copies the movements of Rapace, an odd move since many think this is not a remake. Playing the character of Lisbeth Salander, a hacker who helps out in a cold case, is a terrific role. But, Rooney Mara just doesn't do it for me. Everything about her is offputting and uninteresting here, and again that could just be the atmosphere around her, and the fact I've already seen someone pull this role off much more thoroughly.
What surprised me is how much she is in the film itself, she doesn't carry it and when she's off-screen, in my opinion, it feels alot better. But, alas, it's true - the Academy likes to make bad decisions and call it brilliant. Not everyone can be nominated, but just like in the Mila Kunis/Hailee Steinfeld case of last year, now we have Rooney Mara/any other actress in contention. Here we have a bordering on terrible performance, an unnecessary film, and a wasted nomination.