Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Movie Review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R) 158 minutes B+
Rebel Girl

Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorik van Wageningen, Joely Richardson, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter, Ulf Friberg, Bengt Carlsson, Tony Way, Per Myrberg, Josefin Asplund, Eva Fritjofson, Moa Garpendal, Maia Bergqvist, Sarah Appelberg and Julian Sands

I have not read the novel (by the late Stieg Larsson); nor, have I seen the 2009 Swedish film adaptation. Yet, none of that is necessary to enjoy one of the best films of the year.  I would've given this film an "A" if the director could've figured out a way to make this film a little shorter without sacrificing quality.  With a running time over two and a half hours the film tends to feel long.  Nevertheless, Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) is the biggest badass heroine since Evelyn Salt (Salt, Angelina Jolie) and Hit Girl (Kick-Ass, Chloë Grace Moretz).  Matter of fact, Lisbeth might be one of the best in movie history.  The scene in which Lisbeth asks, "may I kill him?" is as memorable a moment as any I've seen this year. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo encapsulates much of what I seek in a good thriller- darkness, introspection, sexy time, likable characters and honest emotion.  By the end of this one I experienced all of that, plus a little fatigue.

Best viewed on the big screen.  

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