Sound Off: David Fincher's 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 21, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We come from the land of the ice and snow." She's here. Arriving in theaters today is David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, another adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium novels, this time adapted by Steven Zaillian. Fincher's English-speaking cast this time includes Rooney Mara in a breakout role as hacker punk chic Lisbeth Salander, and Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. So how is this version? Did Fincher pull off a worthy film on its own? A riveting murder mystery? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Fincher's Dragon Tattoo.
"Soon you will know us all too well." I have watched Fincher's full-on 2 and 1/2-hour Girl with the Dragon Tattoo twice now and I still find it fascinating, but not as enthralling as the original Swedish films (and not as "hacker"). As expected, it looks breathtaking the entire time, Trent Reznor's score is phenomenally used to enhance and immerse, the mystery is captivating, but it left me a bit cold at the end (no pun intended) just like Zodiac, for better or worse. First mention, I think Rooney Mara gives an extraordinary bordering-on-method performance here, worthy of some awards if she can win them. Craig is fine, but Christopher Plummer steals the show for me. As sprawling and fascinating as it was, after seeing it twice I don't feel there's much more to the mystery I can glean, but I still do enjoy watching, as always with David Fincher.
What did you think of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Thrilling or terrible? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!