77- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [5.5]
Follows a man’s mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 36 years, and who may have been murdered.
(For full disclosure, I haven’t read any of the books nor seen the original Swedish film trilogy.)
If David Fincher is putting out a movie, I’m going to see it the day it comes out. With the exception of Panic Room and Alien 3 (which was a tremendously troubled production), Fincher has put out one stylistically and visually engaging film after another. He’s one of the top directors of his generation, and I believe him to be the most consistent user of CGI implementation into his films.
With all that in mind, color me incredibly disappointed with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’d like to believe that it has to do with the source material, as I didn’t care for any one character in the film. Sure, it’s a very cold movie with a harsh subject matter, but character exposition comes in awkward places (we get our biggest understanding of Lisbeth’s history deep into the third act) and besides the central mystery, there’s nothing to cling onto. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stutters in its second act, as it becomes largely a procedural affair. The title sequence is worth the price of admission alone, so if nothing else, check out the first five minutes.