Yeah, I am not quite sure, whom to go with here: The essayist has a few convincing points. Yet Fincher has made statements that seemed to trivialize these supposed hard-wrought and well-thought out decisions: Especially so this is true for the essayist conjuring an all-encompassing theme of immigration, misogyny and xenophobia brilliantly captured in a female vocalist presenting an American cover-version of a British song about Swedish immigrants, appropriately: the "Immigrant Song", and Fincher's choice of the serial killer's fancy for "Orinoco Flow" and its chorus line "sail away" — another obvious reference to the issue of immigration, or is it?
If you decide to go with Fincher instead, the "Immigrant Song" was chosen for sakes none other than: it was playing on his iPod, and he happens to have NIN's mastermind Trent Reznor on speed-dial; Enya's "Orinoco Flow" was supposedly suggested on a whim by Daniel Craig — and adopted as a directorial decision for its ingenius oddity... and, well, because it cracked up everyone in the room.
So yeah, this is a cool piece, and it is most definitely thought provoking, diving into some of the issues and 'politics' surrounding the adaptation of a foreign language film that had already done well commercially, even in the US market.
I personally had a feeling that it was all taken a notch too far; over-analyzed; misread. But who am I to question a proper film meta-analysis!?