Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander (via)
     I saw the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo recently & was very much impressed by it. Before my actual review, here are some things I thought were great.

Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music) is in it!
Rooney Mara had no piercings prior to filming this role. 
L via; R via
Character Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) wears his glasses in a funny(hanging on one ear) yet chic & attractive way. 

     Horrifyingly graphic & intellectually engaging. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a raw thriller both cerebral & violent. I must admit, I have a weak stomach. However, I find that unnerving bluntness is completely necessary. Without giving away too much: viewers would find it difficult to empathize with such a bizarre character if not exposed to her traumatizing experiences. At points, we as onlookers feel simultaneously violated & responsible as Lisbeth is assaulted. Visually terrifying, scenes are extremely real & therefore much more frightening. Unlike sic-fi, many of these incidents are far too frequent in reality. Her blossoming relationship with the curious journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) adds a sensitively (but not overtly) romantic element that creates a beautiful whole of emotions. 

     The mysterious plot that is the backbone of the entire story is fascinating. Hardly predictable, the turns & surprises may give you whiplash. It picks up quickly with a pace that's exciting, but allows sense of ease. We are emerged in the complex story; not thrown. The plot thickens as mysteries unravel nowhere until finally we sit shocked. By the end of the lengthy film (it doesn't feel long) we are fulfilled. The mystery is solved. Yet there it's bittersweet. With the task completed, characters face different situations. Some of happiness & love, others of embarrassment & heartache.

    I was skeptical to begin with. I was disturbed during it. Afterwards, I was amazed. Great film, great adaptation. The soundtrack is an exemplary supplement to the visual aspect. All in all, a must see.

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