Film: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Directed By: David Fincher
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson, Yorick van Wageningen, Goran Višnjić, and Steven Berkoff.
Key Details: This is the 2011 Hollywood remake of the Swedish series of the same name based on the book series by Stieg Larsson. The film was well-received by critics with Rooney Mara’s performance as Lizbeth Salander praised by many.
Ratings: IMDB: 7.8/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Metacritic: 71% Google Users: 91%
My Rating: 4.5/5 A solid performance by the actors showing a dark take that is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Summary in a Tweet: An embarrassed writer takes a needed sabbatical a few hours outside of Swedens capital to do some investigative journalism for an aging businessman. He becomes acquainted with Lizbeth Salander as he investigates the history of the Vangar family and uncovers some family secrets. (A perfect 280!)
Simple Overview: Set against the tones and vibe of Sweden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo shows us how unsolved mysteries can be solved by unlikely partners who are carrying heavy baggage as they work together. Lizbeth Salander is a ward of the Swedish government, a master hacker, and a badass on a motorcycle. Mikael Blomkvist is the editor owner of Millennium, a local magazine that has recently undergone an investigation into libel against a businessman with suspected dark dealings. As Salander and Blomkvist team up to investigate a mystery within the Vangar family they discover much more than they bargained for including links back to the shady businessman Blomkvist lost in court to a year earlier.
Have I watched this before?: Yes, I’ve been interested in the film since it was announced in the US and have watched it several times. I’ve listened to and read the books written by Stieg Larsson too.
What Could Have Been Better: A few things were different from the books, but that doesn’t really matter here. Certain parts of Blomkvist’s and Berger’s relationship seemed rushed and not complete despite Lizbeth’s report overview we hear about. I think that Martin was excellent and dark just as needed but we needed more of him.
What I loved and Final Thoughts: Something I enjoyed about this film was each scene had a purpose, it was dark and well built around the story of Blomkvist, Salander, and the Vangar family. It kept a smart balance of action and thrilling mystery scene after scene which made the film move at a smart pace.
The actors that were selected blended into their parts extremely well in my opinion. Mara stood out as Lizbeth Salander with her portrayal of the young hacker who has endured so much pain. Daniel Craig was himself as he embraced the style of a Stockholm man who needs to resolve the Vangar case in order to clear his name of libel. Stellan Skarsgård is a great actor and cleverly played the mysterious businessman Martin Vanger with his curtain of mystery surrounding the Vangar corp CEO.
Each scene in the film was designed and colored beautifully representing the stark Scandinavian environment. This set a great tone for the film that was accompanied by a soundtrack designed by Trent Reznor that set an even darker more mysterious tone for the film. It was beautiful.
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