The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Film Review

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 12:51 AM

By Owen Jones

The film begins at the trial of Mikael Blomkvist, a proprietor of and top journalist for a substantial magazine called 'Millennium'. The claim against him is a bogus libel suit brought by a powerful but corrupt Swedish businessman, Hans-Erik Wennerstrom.

Co-incidentally, a different rich Swede, Henrik Vanger is also interested in Blomkvist, but he wants him to assist him to find his long-lost niece, Harriet who had vanished forty years previously at the age of 16. In order to find out whether Blomkvist is fit for the task, he took on Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker, to check up on him.

Lisbeth is an odd young woman who is under state legal guardianship, because she had been sectioned. She is allotted a new guardian but he rapes her and steals her money. She Tasers and blackmails him in revenge. This helps to set her character

In exchange for his help, Vanger offers Blomkvist damning proof against Wennerstrom. Blomkvist does not have a lot of time to get himself acquitted on appeal, before his magazine has to pay substantial damages and Blomkvist has to go to jail. Blomkvist and Salander begin working together, albeit uneasily in the beginning, to solve the film's two foremost problems.

Later on in the movie's 158 minute length, the duo goes on to solve tens of previously unanswered murders going back to the Second World War. The plot is never slow even for such a long film. It comes well-recommended.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a masterful work of narrative, set in motion by Steven Zaillian's superb script and moulded with exactitude by Fincher.

The film stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and recounts the tale of a man's mission to find out what has become of a girl who has been missing for forty years, and who may have been murdered. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including one for Rooney Mara for Best Actress, and one for Best Film Editing.

Mara has received acclaim for her performance, with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming her a "revelation" going on to say that "Mara acts with a quiet power - a rage chilled into silence - that is almost ghostly".

Daniel Craig has also been given critical acclaim for his performance as Mikael Blomkvist, who was described by David Germain of the Associated Press "as an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness." Germain gave the film a 3.5/4 rating. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club gave the film a "B+" rating. He also praised the chemistry between Mara and Craig.

The soundtrack was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who had previously collaborated with Fincher for the soundtrack of The Social Network. Reznor and Ross' band How to Destroy Angels also contribute two songs to the soundtrack:

A cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" (with Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on vocals), which plays during the title sequence, and one of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough", which is played during the end credits.

The film was released on December 20, 2011 in North America. The London premiere was on December 12, 2011, and the film was released on Boxing Day in the United Kingdom.

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