Excited about seeing the new movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we finally made it happen yesterday. Clearly not a movie for young kids, we got my parents to babysit and off we went. The trailers, the sexy and dark soundtrack and of course the book itself, had us excited and curious.
Well, it did not disappoint. All the actors did a great job and David Fincher brought it all together wonderfully. It maintained a dark, cold feel. In fact, my husband says the imagery had him feeling cold in the movie theater while typically I’m the only one still freezing inside. It stayed true to the book and Rooney Mara completely transformed herself into Lisbeth Salander. It was hard to believe she was the same ‘girl next door type’ that played the girlfriend in The Social Network. She really proved herself during some very intense and painful scenes and came off as a seasoned actress.
For fans of the book, I think Fincher visualized it well but of course could not include as much detail since it was already 2 hrs and 37 mins. For those who had not read the book, however, I think you have to pay a lot of attention to understand the unraveling of the mystery. All in all a good theater experience but not for the faint of heart!