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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A film by David Fincher

Movie review

Lisbeth Salander, man. Having not read the books in the Millennium series nor seen the Swedish film trilogy, this was my first exposure to this absolutely fascinating character, who, as played by Rooney Mara, is by far the biggest badass in any of the past year’s movies. Likewise, I didn’t know anything about the intricately multilayered, captivatingly pulpy plot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and found myself completely engrossed in this mystery involving serial killers, rapists and Nazis. David Fincher brilliantly, unflinchingly directs all of this, the cinematography and editing are top notch and, post-Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross once again deliver the best score of the year. I also loved the streak of black humour that runs through the film, much of it revolving around Lisbeth, naturally. In a world of evil and manipulative men, she refuses to submit to their playbook and would much rather cut through all the bullshit and just do her thing without a second thought, like a creature of pure instinct.

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