The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

With the 84th Academy Awards right around the corner, we’re giving you a look at some of the Oscar nominations for 2012. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was nominated for a total of 5 Oscars this year. The star actress, Rooney Mara, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. It was also nominated for Best Achievement in  Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. In addition to these nominations, the film was also nominated for 14 awards from other events and ceremonies with 4 winnings so far.

Releasing in December of 2011, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adapts the Swedish novel (trilogy) into an American film. A Swedish version was  released in 2009 which was nominated for a considerable amount of awards as well as the ranting and raving from the public. Our focus is of course on the English take, a slightly newer and polished version of an already phenomenal movie.

I was a bit put off with the opening of the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and who doesn’t adore Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Together they re-imagine the well-known “Immigrant Song” which plays in the background while the opening credits mix up abstract images seeping with metallic and ink type substances. The song itself was great, and I get the artsy feel which you would expect from David Fincher, but personally, I was not impressed with the images.

Moving along from my only dislike, the director does an excellent job keeping the film on track with the novel. Fans of the book will be extremely pleased with it. That being said, you don’t have to have read the book to have a wonderful experience watching this movie.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will keep you on edge. This movie is full with dialogue, so you definitely do not want to miss any part of a conversation. Don’t worry; the uncovering of links to the mystery should be capable of holding your attention. The Cinematography was simply outstanding. I can’t stress enough how gorgeous the scenes are. I was freezing watching this movie in the theatre. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the vividness of the harsh winter scenes contributed to it. Commenting again on Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the soundtrack was nothing short of awesome.

For the record, I won’t lie and say this movie is for everyone. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are some brutal and graphic sexual scenes that will make some people feel extremely uncomfortable. Lisabeth is not only antisocial, she is obviously insane. I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody, but there is one scene that will make most people cringe, and the reaction of Lisabeth to the situation is just a tad unethical. I do however applaud the response. I find that in that given situation, any means of individual retaliation will have to be unethical.  Being that this film is very dialogue-driven like I mentioned before, if you have a short attention span then you might not be able to sit through this 2 hour and 40ish minute movie.

Rooney Mara, which you may remember from The Social Network or the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, completely commits herself to the role as Lisabeth, from the change in her hair, the piercings, and even her eyebrows, to learning how to ride a motorcycle. Even her accent is dead on. It does not come as a surprise that she would be nominated for the Best Performing Actress in a Leading Role award. In fact, the entire cast is perfect for the characters that they play in the movie.

If you do not infer from what I wrote whether or not I suggest watching this movie, the answer is absolutely yes. It is one of those movies people succumb to the willing suspension of disbelief, meaning that we get so caught up on what’s happening on screen that we put aside all other thoughts and completely lose ourselves in the drama. Sometimes we just need the break from our own reality.

The story is of a Journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, who is suffering from public humiliation . He is hired by a rich industrialist by the name of Henrik Vanger to investigate the case of his missing niece Harriet from 40 years before. Vangar resides on an island with the greater part of his family where he houses Mikael in a tiny old cottage. Mikael starts to uncover some of the mysteries that he believes is linked to the serial killing of women that occurred 20 years  prior to the disappearance of Harriet Vanger. As he progresses in the investigation, he gets the aid of Lisabeth Salander. Lisabeth is an antisocial deviant who doubles as a brilliant young  computer hacker. While the two dissect the facts and come closer to uncovering the twisted truth that lies behind the disappearance, they find themselves to be the newest target of the heinous murderer.

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3 responses to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  1. I like this review Caitlynraee. It’s honest, strong, direct, and to the point.

    I did a review of the Swedish films on my own. But for the Fincher version I worked with my discussion review partner. We did a lengthy review/discussion on the Fincher film. Check it out when you have an opportunity.

    We also worked together on White Material, Miral, Larry Crowne, and The Whistleblower.

    Who knows, maybe you’d like to work with us?


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