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Adam Elliott blogs about movies, cinema life and other goofy things.

Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Rated R


I have a general rule of the arts. I love seeing great work, but I always prefer seeing something new. The American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is great work, but it was nothing new.
The noir adaptation follows the original foreign film and the novel of the same name almost to a T. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a disgraced journalist who agrees to take on a research project, searching for a rich family’s missing sibling. He recruits the aid of emo superhacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and they put the pieces of this thriller drama together to unveil an even darker story.
The cast is superb. I saw this with a friend who didn’t even like Daniel Craig, until this performance.  Rooney Mara seamlessly weaves herself into Lisbeth, with just as much intensity as the original Swedish film. The supporting cast of Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Wright are inspired. Craig’s steely-eyed delivery balances Mara’s stonefaced energy.
If you haven’t seen the foreign original, the Americanized version will serve as good entertainment. If you have, this film is nothing new other than revisiting the story. That said, I still found the murder mystery to be riveting and entertaining. 
There are no technical fouls to call here, other than repetition. I do take issue with the final 20 minutes of the story. Considering the film’s length, I don’t think resolution details needed to be so far drawn out. I would have ben satisfied with a simpler wrap up. 
One of the better compliments I can pay Director David Fincher is that the extremely long 2h40 run time does move by swiftly. Just as in The Social Network, he makes great use of tension and character development to keep you engaged.  

Don’t buy a soda before going in to see it. Also, this may have been one of the more disturbing uses of an Enya song that i's ever seen.

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12/23/2011 9:02AM
Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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