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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Published by admin on Thu, 2011-12-22 08:30
Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Rooney Mara
Daniel Craig

This film is a very close following of the book that it is based on, the first book in the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. In fact, if you've never read the book you're going to feel that the movie drags out at the end after the main story has completed. However, the ending of the movie is extremely important to setup the next movies in the series, which no doubt will be coming out.

Rooney Mara gives the performance of a lifetime as Lisbeth Salander, a introverted hacker that goes through several extremely traumatic experiences. In fact, most people know Mara as the girl from the beginning of The Social Network, but you won't even recognize her here as she has gone through a complete transformation and has literally become Lisbeth Salander. She delivers lines and looks with the power of an experienced actress. Really my only issue with Mara is that she was a little too pretty for this role. In spite of the piercings and wild hair, her soft face don't seem hard enough for some of the things she goes through. Nonetheless, Mara delivers a performance worthy of at least a nod for Best Actress.

The other players do a good enough job and move the film along in spite of its two and half hour running time. I didn't even notice the time and felt that Fincher did an excellent job of moving between characters at the beginning before they meet in order to tell their story.

For those that have seen the Swedish versions of the film, you'll definitely notice that this film isn't nearly as dark as those versions, in spite of Fincher's willingness to be up front of showing the traumatic experiences. Nonetheless, this is much more the film that will be enjoyed by a larger American audience in general. Similarly, this follows the book more closely and for many who will see this movie, that will be something they look forward to and enjoy as well.

My Conclusion: 
Be prepared for a ride that follows the book extremely close, but not nearly as dark or disturbing as either the book or Swedish film version.


Drama, Thriller