The highly popular Stieg Larsson novels come to life through the mind of the brillant David Fincher in the book to movie adaption that should garner some respect unlike its counterparts. Yes, I’m sure you can tell where this review is going.
These novels have already gotten the movie treatment in Sweden but in true Hollywood fashion it wasn’t right until it was made in America! Luckily for us David Fincher fresh off his success with The Social Network agreed to take over the project. Led by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, this movie is an intense thriller that reels you in for the first 45 minutes but once your caught you are glued to the screen for the rest of the movie. The movie is the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) who just had his integrity shot after running a article that was labeled untrue due to a missed fact. He is distraught following the ordeal and takes on a job “writing a memoir” and solving a mystery for Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) dealing with the mysterious disappearance of his niece Harriet Vanger. At the same time, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is dealing with her hard life which includes not having full authority over her money and a unruly social worker. Once breaking free of these obligations she is sought out by Mikael to help uncover the murder with him. Once this part takes place the movie hits 100 MPH and takes you on a thrilling ride. The movie makes its way slowly through its first 45 minutes as it introduces characters and plots with what seems to drag on without a resolution. Fincher really continues to solidify himself as one of the best in the business through his amazing work in this film. The tone is hit perfectly and the casting was fantastic. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth should garner some award recognition as you can tell she went all in for this role which should open her career wide open. Daniel Craig comes up strong as usual but his character does not grip the attention of the audience as much as Mara does in her role. Christopher Plummer continues his strong year with another stand-out supporting role as the head of the Vanger family. Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger also gives a sinister performance as Harriet’s brother and the head of the Vanger’s corporation. Being from a book, its tough to really take apart a script and analyze it but this script should get some consideration for awards as it is so fast paced and intense once the mystery starts to pick up. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross return to do the music and they hit a complete home run. I’m hoping to see more work out of these guys as they give another score that should be a front runner throughout awards season. If I had a complaint, I would have to say there are a few loose ends in the movie that I did not really understand and those probably come from reading the book and I hope that we can leave those out in the future movies to avoid confusion. In conclusion, David Fincher gives us one of the best films of the year and a new exciting book to film series that I can’t wait to see more of.