Film: Dragon Tattoo a gruesome, but well told story
December 30th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Can an American version breathe new life into a Swedish film based on an incredibly popular book? The Reader’s Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood from the Movieha podcast have this review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Ryan: I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a fan of serial killers.
Matt: Given our frequent close proximity to one another, I’m happy to hear that.
Ryan: What I mean is, even though director David Fincher has made a few exceptional films about the subject with Seven and Zodiac, I wasn’t too stoked for his take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Matt: At the risk of offending your delicate sensibilities, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be thrilled. The film tells the story of Lisbeth Salander, played here by Rooney Mara who takes over for Noomi Rapace from the original Swedish film.
Ryan: So we traded a Rooney for a Noomi?
Matt: Stay focused, buddy. When disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired by an old man to solve a decades old disappearance, he and Lisbeth get pulled into a web of horrible events that would make even devoted CSI enthusiasts blush.
Ryan: I do applaud the nuts and bolts here, as Fincher’s direction is complimented brilliantly by Trent Reznor’s haunting score, most notably in the staggeringly hallucinatory credit sequence. I also like the decision to keep the film located in Sweden, even though it’s an American remake. Basically, I cannot deny that the film was well-crafted, only that stories involving brutal rape and homicide don’t do it for me.
Matt: As prudish and puritanical as it sounds, I think I get what you’re saying. But the point here isn’t a glorification of murderous mayhem so much as the unraveling of a tightly wound mystery populated with interesting characters.
Ryan: I guess. I’ll be honest, I don’t think Blomkvist was all that unique, and I don’t like the unnecessary torment heaped upon Lisbeth, but I do agree that they’re a bit more nuanced than the usual mystery movie protagonists.
Matt: If you can set aside the gruesome elements, this is a taut tale that’s well told, and you can’t really ask for more.
Ryan: I can ask to not leave a movie and want to take a shower, right?
Matt: I suppose.