Rooney Mara plays leading character Lisbeth Salander

Title: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher
Release Dates: 26/12/2011
Rating:  **** (4/5)

This blockbuster re make of the first from the best selling trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is a credit to the words written by Stieg Larsson. The film portrays Larrson’s concept of a young female hacker in today’s modern society well, with an exceptional performance from Rooney Mara who plays the leading character, Lisbeth Salander. When you compare Lisbeth’s character to other female hackers that have graced our cinema screens, it is obvious that she has not been created for her envious high flying lifestyle.

Lisbeth holds an essence which seems to intimidate people who do not know her, and frustrate those who do. She is a troubled young woman who expresses herself not through her personality or lack of it, but through her facial piercings and tattoos. As this is the first out of the trilogy to be recreated into a blockbuster thriller, you are left guessing as to what you think has happened to her to make her into a woman with serious psychological issues and a vendetta against most men.

For those who have yet to read the book but who are wishing to go and view the film, may find it slightly confusing to begin with. As it is set in Sweden the heavy swedish accents can be a little overbearing at times. This is an issue when the characters are discussing the ongoing search for Henrik Vanger’s missing grandaughter, Harriet, an investigation into who out of the Vanger family was responsible for her disappearance.

The main male role of the movie is of course played by Daniel Craig who is well known for his charismatic roles as James Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and the new Bond film due out this year called Skyfall. It is fair to say that he does not play the same charmingly handsome character as his former roles, but more the average middle aged man named Mikael Blomkvist, with a damaged journalism career, a daughter he struggles to understand and a continuous love affair with his co worker friend, Erika Berger.

Daniel is clearly not the main character in the film, however his strong British accent helps him stand out significantly nevertheless. The film opens with Blomkvist returning from court in which he has lost a libel case against his arch enemy, corrupt business man Hans-Erik Wennestrom. As a result Blomkvist is approached by an old man named Henrik Vanger who bribes him into searching for Harriet by offering ‘Wennestroms head on a platter’ if he agrees.

The story then follows slowly but surely until Blomkvist is inevitably paired up with Lisbeth to continue on the search that ends up being rather biblical and bordering on Nazi undertones as the plot thickens. For those who have read the book will be thankful to know that the film does not cut out any scenes which are crucial to the storyline, no matter how uncomfortable they may make the audience feel when sat amongst strangers in the cinema. There are a few scenes throughout the film which may make squirm in your seat as the story eventually unfolds, particularly when Lisbeth meets her new guardian to ‘discuss’ her finances which is quite violent and graphic to say the least.

David Finchers work towards directing this film should be commended for his skill at producing such highly disturbing scenes in an adept manner. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo mirror the book extraordinarily well and huge fans will not be let down by the movie. In comparison to his other films such as the Social Network movie which surrounded the creation of Facebook, Fincher definately takes his career one step further with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

We just hope that the rest of the trilogy is to follow and David Fincher carries on his exceptional work for us all to look forward to in the future. It is not for the faint hearted to say the least but is done in a manner which is professional and yet heart wrenching all at the same.


About Leanne Daisy Johnson

I am an aspiring young journalist currently studying an MA in Journalism with a background in Fashion Communication.
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