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03 Jan

A Blip of a Movie Review: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Alternative Title: “Un-Material Girl (Don’t F**k with Me)”

Short Plot: I dunno if there is a short plot for this one! But I’ll try. Investigative journalist Blomquist gets hired by an old wealthy corporate guy to track down what happened to his niece many years ago – and who killed her. On a side story, Lizbeth is a chick with attitude – and rightly so as she has been a ward of the state since she was 12 and not treated well. Some bad things happen to her, she seeks revenge, and then the paths of Blomquist and Lizbeth cross and they work to solve the decades old murder mystery. That is about as quick as I can state it.

Pros: It’s a David Fincher film, so you know it will have style and it will have awesome opening credits (which it does), it is more in-tune with the book than the original Swedish film, the leads (Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) are oddly well cast, the pace is really good – especially for such and involved story, it flows better and is easier to understand over the choppy Swedish version, the plot changes from the book are slight, and it is the second really good Christopher Plummer film of the year (the first being “Beginners”).

Cons: For David Fincher, I thought certain scenes were rather tame in comparison to the Swedish film and that was disappointing as the scenes are extremely important for the Lisbeth character, Lisbeth was less anti-social than she should be, the relationship between her and Blomquist was made much more cozier/friendlier that the other film or book, Rooney Mara made a great Lisbeth but Noomi Rapace in the original had the right tone and attitude, and Daniel Craig looked pretty haggard (although he should for this part as that is what it calls for, but c’mon, it’s Daniel Craig for cripes sake!).

Verdict: I have talked to a couple of people who prefer the original Swedish film, however I like this version better. Mainly for the more coherent and more thorough storytelling. It hits a lot of points in the book that the original film either changed or ignored. I wasn’t sure if I really liked Rooney Mara as Lisbeth, but as the film went on, the more I dug her – however, the character needed to be more gruff and imposing as in the book. But I think that was more of a writer/director choice rather than from Mara. I was very impressed with Daniel Craig. Again, I was not happy about the casting but I think he really fit the bill of Blomquist. Overall, I thought this was a terrific film and I’m pleased to hear that the next film is already in the works for the trilogy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Blips ••••

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