"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Reviewed (More Or Less)
Near the begining of David Fincher's movie version of the international best seller, first part of the thriller trilogy, the late Swedish novelist Steig Larsson's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (phew! exposition…), a character helping Rooney Mara's title character is wearing a Nine Inch Nails tee-shirt. Big deal? Actually, yes. Since Trent Reznor wrote the score, could there be a quicker way to pull you out of the fictional.
And… why is everybody speaking English, sometimes with Swedish accents, and yet reading Swedish language newspapers? All movies are about suspending disbelief, something Fincher knows better than almost anybodyelse. Both his "The Social Network" and "Zodiac" (and "seven" for that matter) are essentially proceduals. They are about minutia, how the small illuminates the large. And so is "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Which is why its essential incongruity, the Swedish/American axis, is so off putting.
Also, unfortunately for Stiegs and Fincher, I watched Agatha Christie's "Murder On the Orient Express" over the weekend and apparently they haven't or they'd know that if there is only one possible killer, the chanes are excellent that is the killer.
Enough complaining, Rooney Mara plays Lizabeth Salander, a bonkers, bi-sexual, private eye with heavy anti social tendencies. She is recruited by investigative reporter Daniel Craig -himself, just brought down after losing a libel case, to help him figure out the case of a sixteen year old girl missing for the past 40 years.
It is all very nasty, and somewhat nerve wracking, and a pretty good movie. Not Fincher's best, but not bad at all.
Musically, the Karen O, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross collaboration on Led Zeppelin's on "Immigrant Song" shows you what you can do without guitars (I know and I agree). The entire Reznor/Ross score is electronic plus organic mayhem and is most effective at its most tense. Still there is nothing as brilliant as the walk across the Harvard campus in "The Social Network".