Year: December 2011
Length: 158 min
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Joely Richardson, Christopher Plummer
Based on the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson.
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. And you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Very long-winded and pretty conflicted, but great. It definitively made me want to read the book, although really just to get to know main character Lisbeth better. I'm a little sorry to admit it, but the whole frame story in itself became very secondary until the end, and even than could be overlooked if you wanted to. I don't want to go so far as saying it was boring, but it sure could've used some more spice. Well, maybe it was just the movie, but I kinda doubt it...
Rooney Mara surely has shown that Lisbeth isn't someone to mess with, displaying her with a dark resolve that scares if you were sitting on the receiving end, and thus hit the tone, the atmosphere of the whole film right on the head. Her actions speak louder than words, she's definitvely something else, an extreme, but let's blame that on her genius, shall we? Lisbeth is definitively a character that you don't come a cross very often and that sticks in your head, so I'm actually looking forward to meeting her in the books (when/if I get around to them) and the other two movies that belong to the trilogy.
Daniel Craig as Mikael... Well, let's say I think the role didn't require too much from him. At least his display leads to believe so. Seriously, I'm starting to think Daniel Craig is the male equivalent to Kristen Stewart. However, I'd be happy to find out there's more to Mikael's character in the book, and what exactly to make of his weird relationship with Lisbeth.
Area Scan: Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Drama: 3/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Romance: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5