The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a brutal film – and while you might not always want to watch the screen, you won’t be able to look away. It’s completely captivating.
The English adaptation of the novel by Stieg Larsson, follows Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) a journalist whose reputation is in tatters. He is hired as a private investigator by a wealthy patriarch (Christopher Plummer), who wants his help finding out which member of his family murdered his niece 40 years earlier. Blomkvist, however, finds he needs help, and in turn hires a deeply troubled young woman, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).
Rooney Mara is a revelation as Lisbeth Salander. Having only seen her performance in what was essentially a bit-role as Erica Albright in Fincher’s The Social Network – a film where she plays a relatively sassy young woman, but certainly not someone you can imagine withstanding violence from, nor inflicting it upon, another human being - she came as a complete surprise. She is both violent and vulnerable; closed-off from the world, but with a face like an open book.
Having read neither the hugely popular series that the films will be based on, nor seen the highly acclaimed Swedish adaptations, I was able to approach the film with few expectations. Well, except for the one massive expectation that as the film was directed by David Fincher, it must be awesome…
And, to ease your fears, it was.