Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I went into this film with zero expectation. Unlike every other person in the universe I have not seen the Swedish version nor have I read any of the books in the series (although I did download the first one onto my Kindle, but then it died and I never recharged it).

I didn't even know what the movie was about. To my knowledge it was about some chick with a tattoo who road a motorcycle and was a hacker. So, for anyone who knows more about the story than that, you could imagine my surprise when I sat down to watch this two and a half hour film.

I am pretty sure I found the disturbing parts even more shocking because I wasn't prepared for them. Like someone who is going to a Halloween haunted house thinking they will get some laughs and the next thing you know you are watching some kid get their leg chopped off by a chain saw. I was not the only one in the theatre squirming in my seat while doing the partial eye cover. Trust me.

The story was riveting. Honestly, it had to have been to keep me entertained for 2.5 hours. What an insanely long movie. I am trying to think of places where director David Fincher could have cut some corners, but I think at the end of the day it was all necessary.

As for the story, if you are like me and do not know anything about it. A man, played by Daniel Craig, is hired by an old man who is part of a rich messed up family to write a memoir of their history and to find out who killed his 16 year old niece 40 years ago. The girl with the tattoo is a private investigator of sorts.

I did know that it was based on a book written by a Swedish guy (Stieg Larsson) so I had no idea what was going to happen. I am pretty good at pegging what will happen in an American cookie cutter film (of any genre really), but I didn't know if Larsson would follow formula. And I won't tell you if he did or he didn't, but I will tell you that it kept me on my toes. I will admit, I was a bit thrown when the movie was actually set in Sweden like the book. I thought for sure they would have made it set in Amercia somewhere....essentially ruining it, but making the American people feel comfortable and dominant.

I never need to watch that movie again as the whole thing is now burned in my memory forever. It's unfortunate that they didn't get someone hotter to play the male lead...because burned in mind images with someone not attractive like Craig is just no fun.

Verdict: 3.8 Stars


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