Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This one took me a while to get up, and seeing as I saw it over a week ago now it may not be very fresh in my head but here goes! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, adopted from a Swedish film…adopted from a Swedish novel was one of the most hyped movies of 2011. On top of an already huge following, the film stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and was directed by David Fincher. I love a ton of Fincher’s previous work (as I’m sure a lot of you do too, with Se7en, The Social Network, Zodiac and Fight Club) so I was really intrigued as to what direction he was going to take with this series. On top of that, my anticipation was even higher because I watched the original 2009 Swedish version of the film and loved it.

The story is one that is deep and very hard to explain via crappy blog review but I’ll see what I can do. Daniel Craig’s character, Mikael Blomkvist is an investigative reporter who is hired by a wealthy businessman to investigate the disappearance of his niece. The thing is, his niece disappeared forty years ago and is assumed to have been murdered…by a member of her extended family. That may seem like the most generic plot ever, but it is far from that. Fincher takes an already strong plot, and makes it even darker and intense than was previously seen in the Swedish film. The movie really kicked you in the ass right from the opening credits…see what I mean in the video below.

The real bad ass in this story is Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara). She is the hacker turned investigator who helps Blomkvist in his attempt to crack the case. Mara did an amazing job with the character and completely transformed from her beautiful self to the dark and intense Salander. Her acting and durability through the tough scenes in this movie really stood out, and although Craig did an amazing job, Mara was the true star.

I really enjoyed the Swedish version, which starred Noomy Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, and although that film was really well acted and put together, I did think that Fincher’s version takes the cake. Now this may be just because I didn’t have to read subtitles the entire time, but on the whole I think the film was just a hair better than its predecessor. I’m really intrigued to see how the trio of Fincher, Craig and Mara can continue out this trilogy and if they can make the final two as strong as this one. It’s insane how many demographics truly enjoy this story. It’s dark, twisted and intense from the get go and the fact that both my mother and I both loved a movie like this is a testament to Steig Larsson (the author) and David Fincher. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, what are you waiting for?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: 8.5/10

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About PhilMMCritics

3 pals (Phil S., Rob M., Mark M.) who all find irrational amounts of enjoyment from everything related to the movies. Hell, we even love the Fathom Events trailers. Come to our site for assortments of movie posts, podcasts and our original series “Drive Home Reviews”.

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