Surprise 8-Minute Trailer for Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo' Being Screened
by Alex Billington
September 14, 2011
Earlier this week I received a mysterious email alerting me that there was a screening of Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs remake on Wednesday night that I really needed to attend. I had no clue what to expect, but was surprised to find before the film an 8-minute long promo trailer for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo featuring Trent Reznor's score and tons of stunning Fincher footage from the remake. The film's story is incredibly complex, based on Stieg Larsson's novels, and the full trailer introduces a lot of the characters and elements of that story before getting into flashes of scenes with a pounding score at the end.
We've already featured one trailer for this film a few months ago, but it was labeled a teaser and featured a badass version of "Immigrant Song." This new full-on 8-minute trailer for Dragon Tattoo features Trent Reznor's new score and starts with some incredibly moody, mysterious piano beats for most of it, before getting into a very energetic, intense score right near the end. If you loved his Oscar winning score for The Social Network, just wait until you hear this. There were also plenty of Fincher's amazingly sleek shots of Sweden and the various characters and locations involved in this intricate story, since it is clearly not just an Americanization of the novel. I'm already considerably excited for this movie, but this trailer was awesome.
My friend Jordan Raup from The Film Stage and I recorded a quick video blog after seeing this trailer, as we had so much to say (we're both Fincher fans) and needed to voice our opinions. Watch that video blog:
We were told that this 8-minute trailer is a very limited, very exclusive presentation, and it's only showing on early previews of Straw Dogs around the U.S. tonight and tomorrow, but not the full release of Straw Dogs this weekend. I'm not sure when it will end up online, but you can expect to hear a lot of buzz about this, as it's unprecedented to see a trailer that long nowadays and to have it be a complete surprise. Yes, we were told to go, and it has something to do with mouth-taped-shut.com, the viral site for Dragon Tattoo found last week, but other than that we have no clue what else Sony/Columbia is planning for promotion, but they're definitely pulling some very intriguing twists to make it stand out in the winter awards line-up.
One of the best shots in the trailer included a sort of first reveal of Rooney Mara as the badass new Lisbeth Salander. Daniel Craig, as Mikael Blomkvist, says he needs someone to "help with the investigation" and we see Lisbeth, from behind, sitting down on the floor; the camera follows smoothly over the top of her head to show her face upside-down. It was unique and a brilliant Fincher shot. Also interesting to note, Mara speaks with a Swedish accent, and has her own unique hairdos and piercings separate from Noomi Rapace in the original films, which I've seen and enjoyed. It's interesting to see that his take is unique mostly in its tone, English-language, and his "Fincher-esque" shots/visuals, but not too much else including the location.
Suffice it to say, this was a hell of a trailer, and I wish I could see it again and share it with everyone (I can't wait to hear Reznor's full score, too). I totally love seeing a studio brave enough to release a trailer this long and this detailed for a film with this kind of content, it's smart and I'm sure will help build even more buzz. For now, check out the original teaser trailer and stay tuned for updates here and at mouth-taped-shut.com.