Friday, December 30, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


David Fincher brings one of the best selling novels of the past decade to the silver screen and it is a resounding success. This movie is a remake of a Swedish movie made in 2009 and that is pretty quick for a remake to be made. But when David Fincher wants to helm a movie, you give him what he wants. The casting of Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were excellent decisions, and Mara really shines in this movie playing the iconic character of Lisbeth Salander. Craig also does a fantastic job but that is really expected of him whereas Mara's best role to date has been a supporting role in The Social Network. This movie proves that Craig can play roles other than James Bond and the Rooney Mara can actually act and carry a movie on her performance.

I really do not feel like posting a plot summary because I feel writing it out would confuse readers. This is a very complicated story that really needs to be seen or for the original experience pick up the book and read the novel. What I will say is that this is one of the best "murder Mystery" movies that I have seen in a long time and Mara's performance alone makes this movie worth watching. Fincher does also bring a certain degree of brutality to the movie, when there is violence on screen he really makes sure that you know it. Whether it be a rape scene, a revenge rape scene, or someone getting blasted by a 9 iron, Fincher makes sure that you see or feel every action that is going on.

The funny thing to me when watching this movie is that you get the sense that Fincher took elements from two of his best movies (Seven and Zodiac) and combined them to make this movie. It has the brutality of Seven and the procedural nature of Zodiac. The end product isn't as great as the other two films but it is right below them. Not bad when compared to two of the finest movies I have ever seen. The soundtrack to the movies is also incredible. Trent Reznor is a musical genius and the score that he put together for this movie is every bit as good as the score he put together for The Social Network. His score also holds up very well against those of the movies Hanna (The Chemical Brothers) and Drive (Various Artists) which I considered to have the best scores of the year.

The problem with a movie of this high quality is that I try and nitpick where it went wrong in certain areas but I really can't come up with anything. Just be advised when seeing this movie that it is almost three hours long and contains a pretty graphic rape scene. So if graphic sexual scenes make you uncomfortable then you may want to skip this one. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one of the best movies that I have seen in theaters this year but when stacked up against all of the other movies that I have seen this year, it is not even in my top 10 movies of the year. This movie does deserve a 9/10, one of the best movies I saw all year just not one of the most original and entertaining.