The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the English version of a movie that came out two years prior to the release of this movie. It follows the story of Mikael Blomkvist who is hired to investigate the disappearance and presumed murder of a sixteen year girl who went missing forty years ago. After some time alone, when things are going in no particular direction, he is aded by Lisbeth Salander, a young, punk computer hacker.
Having not seen the original movie or read the book, I was very impressed by this movie. I didn't really know an awful lot about this movie besides from the storyline on IMDb, the director and the main actor and reading all three of these things made me instantly interested in the film. So, naturally, I went out and I rented a copy of the film and I was not disappointed at all. In fact it was much better than I thought it was going to be, it even went in a slightly different direction to where I thought it would.
The film features a few scenes that were very hard to watch. I will not talk about what happens in any of these scenes because, yes, they are spoilers. Anyway there is about four or five scenes that had me on the verge of covering my eyes. I can handle a lot of things in movies, but a few of the scenes in this film almost went too far. This does of course show how brilliant the film was made however.
The film had me hooked and then continued to make my heart race up until the very end. When I was viewing the movie I could not even blink because I was that hooked on the movie. There was no telling where the film was going or what would happen next because it's very unpredictable and shocking. There's so many characters that act normal then turn out to be completely different and in most cases psychotic. My heart was pounding in my chest for nearly the entire length of the movie.
The performances in the film were exceptionally brilliant. I am a fan of Daniel Craig, especially the Bond films in which he is perfect, and I haven't really seen Rooney Mara although she's unrecognisable in this role. I have to admit that I couldn't really figure out who she was until I looked it up after the movie. I've only seen her in one or two roles, but here she just looks unbelievable and the dedication she gives to her role is stomach turning. It's easily both of their best performances that I have seen.
The editing and the direction make a perfect mix. I am a massive David Fincher fan, I've seen all but two of his movies as of now, and this film suits his style of filmmaking to perfection. The film is dark, disturbing and not frequently violent (not to say that it's violent-less) and that's what he's famous for. The editing in the film was superb as well and it was more than deserving of the editing Oscar win.
To sum up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo exceeded expectations with a few hard to watch scenes, a heart pounding storyline, dedicated and believable performances and a perfect mix of editing and direction.
4 1/2 Stars