The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

My, my---what a motion-picture.

David Fincher is a filmmaker I grew up on. In particular, 'Se7en', and 'Fight-Club' were films that always stuck to me as a young kid; somehow I'd seen those works of Fincher's many times by the age of 10---dark as those 2 films may have been for kid-me. Back in the mid-late 90's it was easy to get to see scary films, or even the visceral hard-R thriller when you were just a pup.

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has to be one of the best films I've seen in a very long time. Definitely a top Fincher film---his filmography is so stellar, it's really hard to see which is the best of his work.

There's something about Fincher's vision here that so uniquely differs from his previous work---yet also I can tell is different from the other adaption of the story. I've seen tid-bits of the foreign language version of this---yet, I still gravitated toward Fincher's version immediately as soon as the frame was up. I could tell it was his film, and not just the "Hollywood Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" remake type-deal.

Fincher has a one of a kind vision---the gritty cinematography is back, the grimy production design, the gothic-aura pulses through the frame in the Fincher-signature-way; I'll tell ya, I loved watching this. It's been out for sometime, and I'm just now getting around to seeing it, more than regrettably I must say.

Daniel Craig does very well in his role as a disgraced journalist seeking redemption. His character, Mikhail Blomkvist, is believable, and Craig lends even more believability to the character. The actor can't be type-cast, especially since 'Knives-Out' as well. He'll be done as 007 in the upcoming 'No Time to Die'. Yet, here, in this film, I'd say this is some of Craig's best work, honestly.

The way Fincher shot everything, it's just so well-made, I have to appreciate the quality of the film.

Rooney Mara is absolutely brilliant as a genius, introverted investigator. She became her character---physically, verbally, body-language and all, Ms. Mara nailed her performance as Lisbeth Salander.

These 2 characters are the soul of the film, indeed. The acting matches the technical ingenuity that's been put on display.

Ain't no way around it, Fincher has kinda out-done himself with this---haven't heard much word on this film, so I don't know the popular opinion. I don't pay attention to film's reviews or any trailers before I see 'em anymore.

I know I think this is just simply masterful-filmmaking. I highly recommend this film for appropriate audiences; definitely don't let your young-chaps see it.

I give this film 5/5 stars; great Fincher movie, great movie in general.