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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a superb reinvention of the Millennium Series

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was released a day early and I enjoyed the screening. Quite an undertaking of a film. Check out my video review:

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was released a day early so I got to see this film last night. My first experience with the Millennium series was seeing my father reading one of the books by Steig Larsson. With the title, I thought it was a romantic/drama book in the genre of the Nicholas Sparks. Boy was I wrong. I picked up the first book after looking into the series and seeing their worldwide popularity. I instantly fell in love. I zoomed through the books and then watch the Swedish versions of the films. Needless to say, I am a big fan. When I heard that David Fincher would be directing the American version of this film, I was pretty excited. I love most of Finchers’ films and THE SOCIAL NETWORK was one of my favorite films last year.

Finchers’ film is very technically sound. It is really great to watch, actually quite beautiful to watch. His choice of locations were spot on to a lot of my visions from the books. The pace of the film is set a decent speed. The movie is incredibly long, though. I was perfectly fine with it being that length but I could see an audience who haven’t read the books or seen the Swedish films getting restless. Rooney Maradoes such a tremendous job in the role of Lisbeth Salander. I honestly didn’t think anyone could compete with how well Noomi Rapace did in the Swedish versions but Mara definitely gives it her all. Daniel Craig, to my surprise, actually does a fantastic job as Michael Blomqvist. I kind of thought he would be dull in this role but he manages to make it interesting. I also really enjoyed performances from Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger and Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger. What stuck out to me as a big difference between this film and the Swedish film was the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This score is fantastic! I literally cannot say enough good things about how well done it is. Like I said before, the movie is quite long and seems to drag along at times. There are no missteps in the story but getting the full story into one concise film has to be hard. The books are so detailed but Fincher manages to trim down to the actual story at hand without meaningless side tracks.

I really enjoyed this film and will for sure be seeing it again in the near future. I can easily see this nominated for an Academy Award in a few different categories; we shall see come January 2012. There are some very graphic scenes included in this movie, so if you plan on making this a family outing, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. If you are any sort of fan of the books or Swedish films, then you should surely enjoy yourself with the Fincher version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

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Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll grew up a huge fan of television and film. He was born in Marietta, GA but grew up in Murfreesboro, TN. Casey has also been involved in theatre from a very young age. Casey is now a 24-year-old college student at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Video Production and Film Studies. Watching TV and movies are just two of Casey’s many hobbies that he is very passionate about. He hopes to continue to pursue work in the film industry.Visit him at https://caseyccarroll.com