Based on Stieg Larsson’s posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, the story follows a disgraced journalist as he investigates the disappearance of an heiress from 40 years ago. Aided by a punky computer hacker they uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.
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It is Fincher's strange gift that he manages to turn an adaptation of a bestselling potboiler thriller into the darkest, least accessible film of his career. His last three pictures have seen Fincher blossom into a truly important filmmaker, and it is the way he pulls human depth out of the stubborn procedures, organization, repetition of everyday life that makes him unique in the contemporary American mainstream.
I had by doubts about this. Even with Fincher directing, I wasn't sure if Rooney Mara could match Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth. I guess she did. The US version is not as crude as the Swedish one: it has more style, a better soundtrack, a familiar language... all that makes it more accessible, I would say. I think this was worth doing and hope to see Fincher, Mara and Craig returning along with the rest of the team.
Seems to be the third in a spiritual trilogy following Zodiac and The Social Network. So much of his cinema is devoted to conveying information through print, photographs, computer screens, etc. Fincher has a real gift of communicating exposition in a way that's energetic and cinematic.
My least favorite post-millennial Fincher film (okay, "Panic Room" wasn't too hot either). Fincher is one of the few directors who knows how to make digital look (almost) as good as film, so "Dragon Tattoo" is a pleasure just to sit and watch. But in that respect, the trailer is superior to the movie itself - all that money and care expended on what is a rather basic and poorly structured potboiler mystery.
At this point of his career Fincher shouldn't get any more praise on technical skill alone, we have come to expect that from him time and time again; the question here is whether he enlightens the source material any better than the original does -or does he even bring something new to the table for that matter- and aside from unexpected yet atavistic romantic conceits, there isn't much here besides a great lead.
Anyone expecting something at the heights of Zodiac must not understand what a spectacular film that was. Even so, this is another well-crafted film from Fincher, who continues to produce entertaining work, if not all of them reach the same level of greatness. 4/5 for me and will definitely watch again.
I feel like I'm one of the few who really loved this movie. Based on The Social Network and now this, it's clear to me that David Fincher has become fascinated by Generation Y. I see Blomkvist as an avatar for Fincher in this way--almost addicted to the creature that is Lisbeth Salander, but at the same time never truly connecting with her. Fincher is speaking for a generation he isn't even close to being a part of.