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 Readerâ€™s Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood from the Movieha podcast have this review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Ryan: Iâ€™ll be honest with you, Iâ€™m not a fan of serial killers.
Matt: Given our frequent close proximity to one another, Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™t too stoked for his take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Matt: At the risk of offending your delicate sensibilities, I donâ€™t see why you wouldnâ€™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 Fincherâ€™s direction is complimented brilliantly by Trent Reznorâ€™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 itâ€™s an American remake. Basically, I cannot deny that the film was well-crafted, only that stories involving brutal rape and homicide donâ€™t do it for me.
Matt: As prudish and puritanical as it sounds, I think I get what youâ€™re saying. But the point here isnâ€™t a glorification of murderous mayhem so much as the unraveling of a tightly wound mystery populated with interesting characters.
Ryan: I guess. Iâ€™ll be honest, I donâ€™t think Blomkvist was all that unique, and I donâ€™t like the unnecessary torment heaped upon Lisbeth, but I do agree that theyâ€™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 thatâ€™s well told, and you canâ€™t really ask for more.
Ryan: I can ask to not leave a movie and want to take a shower, right?
Matt: I suppose.