The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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- Director: David Fincher
- Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
- Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer
- Release Date: December 2011
- Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
- Run Time: 158 min
Evil shall with evil be expelled
This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.
Review: David Fincher, known for his intensely gloomy films; directs the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s book.
Having not read the book or having seen the Swedish film I wasn’t entirely sure what was coming, but held high expectations because of the cast and director. With established greats like Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård acting was bound to be good, however, Rooney Mara is the one who steals the show.
Rooney plays the role of Lisbeth Salander, an anti-social hacker with a hate for men who abuse women. She helps Mikael Blomkvist research the Vanger family history in hopes to reveal which family member was responsible for the disappearance of another 40 years earlier.
The film has a great flow to it and kept my full interest throughout. Everything about the film was flawless. The score, cinematography, direction, acting were all brilliant, but nothing comes close to Rooney Mara’s breakthrough performance.
Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth is one that can’t be missed and one you won’t forget. She has now proved herself as an elite actress.
With Fincher’s magic and Mara’s acting this is easily the year’s best film.