David Fincher has given “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” a very unique Hollywood treatment, making it fiercer than the original version.
Based on the bestselling crime novel of the same name written by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is sexier, sleeker, and fiercer than its Swedish version. It’s an overwhelmingly bold movie loaded with hard-to-take violent sequences, including horrifying rape scenes, torture, and highly disturbing crime scenes.
An investigative journalist in Stockholm, Mikael Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig) calls a shady industrialist (played by Christopher Plummer) from a faraway island to solve the mystery about his missing niece. As the movie progresses, viewers uncover the truth behind Sweden’s evil past of Nazi sympathizers and the mysteries behind several serial killings in the country. Blomkvist works together with his ridiculously serious assistant, Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara), a genius computer hacker with a dragon tattoo.
Rooney Mara has done extremely well with her character as Lisbeth. She had a short cameo in Fincher’s The Social Network where she appeared as Mark Zuckerberg’s crazy ex-girlfriend Erica. But in the Girl with Dragon Tattoo, she is incredibly fierce, lethal, badass and has an irresistible sexual presence is likely to get her best actress Oscar nomination.
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Rooney’s performance in the movie rightly portrays Lisbeth’s anger when she was raped and abused by men, and how she’s motivated to help Blomkvist in his quest of uncovering the truth behind misogynist crimes. Despite being tough and aggressive, Lisbeth eventually melts her “take-no-prisoners” attitude and falls in love with Blomkvist, mostly because of the way he talks with his daughter.
Do you know, Rooney Mara had to undergo several changes in her appearance to become Lisbeth Salander? She had to dye her hair black and trim it into jagged points, making it look like that she cut it herself.
Fincher described that the casting of Lisbeth was way too complicated, as many prominent candidates were taken into consideration for this role, such as Eva Green, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, and Scarlett Johansson. But Fincher preferred to settle with Rooney Mara, mainly because of her youthful appearance fitting perfectly with the character.
There was never any doubt about Fincher’s directorial skills and he has been remarkable with his job. Despite having all the material right in the middle of his plate, he still preferred to mold the look of this already-known story with a darker, more violent edge.
Loaded with violence, mysteries and thrills, A girl with the Dragon Tattoo is among new movies of Netflix that will definitely creep under your skin and stay there for a long period of time, that’s for sure!
Our take: Stream It! A Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another masterpiece of David Fincher, bound to haunt you long after the movie ends. The movie is violent yet captivating with a remarkable performance of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
Even if you have already read the book or watched its Swedish version, we recommend you to give it a watch as this movie has a lot of interesting changes in the narrative, compared to the original movie. Since it’s coming to your favorite streaming platform Netflix, what more reasons do you want to stream it tonight?
Check out the trailer here: