Monday, December 26, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Written by Steven Zaillian (screenplay) Stieg Larsson (novel)
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer

Daniel Craig is fantastic in this one. I’m not a huge fan of James Bond remakes and so I’m not about to become a Daniel Craig enthusiast but he does a good job in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ with his GQ outfit and quiet stare.

The film explores two plots that end up connecting halfway through. Roony Mara plays a young woman being exploited by her employer (financially) and Probation Officer (Sexually) and still seems to excel at her work, private investigation and surveillance. Craig finds out she has done investigative work on him and so he decides to bring her on as his assistant. They become love interests but there is not much chemistry between them.

David Fincher directed this film and his style is distinctly recognizable. I’m a proponent and an enthusiast of his over focused and highly dramatic focal work. If you have seen Fight Club, Seven, The social Network, or Benjamin Button you know what I’m talking about. His colors and perfect, his sets are clean, his concentration is clear every time. He makes it look good without being obvious.

This movie keeps you following the plot and tries to get exciting. The excitement gets misplaced along the way because the plot has very little suspense built in. As the audience you will go through two different emotions as you watch, at first you will be uncomfortable with the exploitation of Mara’s Character, then interested in solving the mystery of the killer.

Unfortunately there is still more to the story that seems like it could have been an entirely new film about a heist of some rich tycoons money.

Top 5. I enjoyed it. It was fun to watch. And I’ll definitely read the book now that I know what I’m getting into. As far as I could tell it was a good Tent Pole Project.

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