The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; movie review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (American)
Director David Fincher
Rated R; violence, rape, torture, sexual content, nudity, language
2 hours 38 minutes

Fret not, no spoilers here ;)

I liked that the movie was a little dark, but not too edgy with a really interesting vibe throughout. I was continuously interested in what would happen next, and despite it being a little lengthy, I did not find myself anxious for it to hurry up and end. The film was provocative, brutal and sometimes a little creepy; but that's Fincher's M.O, and he does it well. The opening scene is a perfect example of whats inside Fincher's creative mind.

The most notable performance is Mara Rooney; She not only nailed her part as Lisbeth, she exhibited some of the most convincing acting I've seen since Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood. Her character really captivates and haunts you; you quickly realize this isn't a story about her finding others out, its a story about Lisbeth finding herself.

The special effects were not distracting and overall the film was very well executed. I'd be curious to see what others think about the adaptation from book to screen. 

The score was composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. (The duo has worked together on the Nine Inch Nails albums With Teeth, Year Zero, Ghosts I–IV, and The Slip and composed The Social Network score together with director David Fincher as well) I might be bias because I think Trent Reznor is a musical god, but I LOVED the score maybe even a little more than I loved the movie.

I'd see this movie again, and I'd add it to my collection.


Expect some more movie reviews this year; I watch so many I might as well share my thoughts!



PS. GHOSTS 1-IV is probably one of my most favorite albums ever-- Ambient and Reznor-y, OH yeah

Oh and FYI, The Swedish version of this film is available on Instant Play via Netflix right now.


  1. Oooooh I want to see this SO bad! AND read the book :)

  2. Nice! Fincher and Reznor together again? I'm so hooked. My buddy and I are talking about going to see this on Wednesday. If I do I'll let you know what I thought!


  3. I watched all 3 of the original Swedish movies in the theater and was skeptical that an American actress would play Lisbeth Salander's character as well as Noomi Rapace did. I was indeed surprised with Rooney Mara's acting. She did a great job and it was obvious to the audience that she took the part to heart. I am looking forward to the next 2.

  4. I can't wait to see this movie. I was blown away by the original Swedish movie, i thought it was one of the best films i'd seen that year. I don't have any problems with it being re-made (like a lot of people seem to be moaning about) i'm just interested to see how it's done. Even the trailer is so great! Ah, can't wait!!


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