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.