The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Film Review)

Mar 31, 2012
What is hidden in snow, comes forth in the thaw.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first part of the proposed trilogy by David Fincher, which is based on the mega-hit Millenium trilogy by Steig Larsson. The film, has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards including an Best Actress nomination for Rooney Mara. This was the second film to adapt the best-seller.

The film follows a libeled journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, niece of a wealthy patriarch forty years ago. Blomkvist is then aided by a pierced, goth computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of the best 'book-to-film' movie. It stays true to the suspense of the novel, which I actually love. Speaking of the novel, the novel has more characters and brief description to every single scene. The film is a lot more gory and brutal, especially the rape scene, which only like appear in 4 pages of the novel. So, I still suggest the novel by Stieg Larsson, if you want to go more further to the intimate relation between Lisbeth and Mikael, and a more detailed story of the Vanger family.

After seeing The Social Network in 2010, David Fincher started to become my favorite director. When news started to heat up that he will direct the US version of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel, I couldn't become more excited. With Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teaming up to deliver a brilliant score to this film, I will die to see this film. Snub, this film was only released in February in Philippines, so bear with me to reviewing this film a little late.

Rooney Mara, surprisingly, impresses me with his dark, serious performance as Lisbeth Salander. Though Noomi Rapace (Portrayed Lisbeth in the Swedish adaptation) is fitter with that role, Mara lives up with my expectation on Salander. Daniel Craig, who is famously known as James Bond did just fine with his performance. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is just another James Bond movie with Daniel Craig portraying as a Bond girl. Well, that makes sense because Lisbeth does most of the action scenes all the time.

The chereography of the action in this film is just really good. It truly feels like it's real and the rape scene (Which is not obviously an action scene) is really disturbing. There's something in it that is not comfortable to watch and you just want to close your eyes and wait for it to finish. The brutality and violence used in this film is very explicit that's why MTRCB decided to rate it as R-18.

The haunting score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was brilliant. I love their score in The Social Network and here, it's dark with a little horror tone to it. It suits up to every scene, but sadly enough, they never won a single Oscar this year.
Overall, the film is well-made. The performances are great. The score by Reznor and Ross were brilliant. And the brutality and violence were well-made.

The geek rates it 8.0/10. I can't wait to see the next two films, which is The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.

For now, why not check the 8-minute trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo:

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