The darkest movie of the Christmas holiday no doubt electrifies as audience flock to see the American film adaptation of the best seller novel by Stieg Larsson. Finally one of the best films of 2011 is on DVD and Blu-ray for your pleasure!
The movie stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, the co-owner and writer of Millennium. The magazine has recently gotten Blomkvist in trouble due to losing a libel suit against Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, a wealthy businessman. With the current predicament, he is offered an opportunity by the former CEO of Vanger Industries, Henrik Vanger, to get away and investigate the forty year old mystery of Harriet Vanger.
The coveted boots of Lisbeth Salander is filled by Rooney Mara, a recent bloomer within Hollywood who also appeared in Fincher’s Social Network. Salander had recently lost her legal guardian to a stroke and with a new appointed lawyer, Bjurman, as her legal representation the trouble brews. The scummy lawyer puts Lisbeth through the ringer to have access to her finances. As she tries to obtain more funds, the guardian requests “favors” which end up becoming upgraded to a harrowing act that can never be forgotten. Here the dragon unleashed showcases the startling person that is Lisbeth Salander. Not soon after her new found freedom she is enlisted by Blomkvist to help with the investigation of Harriet Vanger, the missing niece of Henrik.
With each scene, the impressive work of David Fincher lights up the screen. His previous work includes Seven, Fight Club, and The Social Network along with many others. The filming dives deep into the psychology of Lisbeth Salander and the intricate mystery of Harriet Vanger and a woman killer. The film excels at bring forth a polarizing chemistry between Craig (Blomkvist) and Mara (Salander). Each role’s casting does not let down and Craig’s performance enlightens, but Rooney Mara has the breakout role. She shines and captures the strong emotion of Lisbeth Salander and in many ways with the help of the amazing chemistry with Craig, sheds new light on the character. Her performance rivals Noomi Rapace from the Swedish Millennium series.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the Oscar winning composers for their score of The Social Network bring even a better creepy feel to this film. With more of an instrumental base and just the right touch of electronic ambience, the score dashes with spine tingling chills and elevates the stakes. A riveting score such as this captures the true essence of each scene.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo holds ground against the Swedish predecessor and in fact an all-around better film. Fincher’s version has snagged the honors of being one of the best films in 2011. With the twisting at every bend, the mystery locks you up for a well worth time at the movies. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo garners 5 out of 5! Catch this on DVD and Blu-ray now!
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