I give this movie a 8 out of 10
I saw the David Fincher movie last month and I really liked it, but it’s not on his top best movies. The film, starring Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, tells a tale of murder, corruption, mystery and abuse. Unfortunately I have only seen the hollywood version, so I can’t compare it to the original swedish film or the books. But I did found the movie truly captivating, not often do I have the feeling of wanting more while watching a movie, or not wanting it to end, I’m looking forward to see the second part of this trilogy.
Right from the start, the opening sequence sets you in the mood for the rest of the movie (this is usually something Fincher likes to do on his movies, an overture that is telling you to pay attention to detail), with the dark and beautiful motion graphics accompanied by Immigrant Song covered by Karen O and Trent Reznor.
The plot is too dense to try to write a synopsis, and I’m guessing it was the same at the moment of turning the book to a movie (which always happens doing that, you are forced to leave a lot of details aside), and translating the essence to english. The story follows Mikael Blomkvist a journalist implicated in a court trial for making false allegations against a powerful businessman. After the trial, a wealthy industrialist hires him to investigate the disappearance of his niece from 40 years ago. Blomkvist accepts the offer and is eventually aided by Lisbeth Salander to solve the case. The movie just dwells around international financial fraud, the buried past of a wealthy swedish family, and the dark secrets they keep.
Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lis Salander stole the movie, she played the character in a very believable and emotional way, she was fierce and just perfect for the role. Watching what se had to go through the film at some pretty hardcore issues, like a couple of rape scenes, was very important to develop her character, and she did great.
Fincher also did well at allowing you to sympathize with the characters, getting involved with their feelings, and also building a lot of tension throughout the story. If you haven’t watch it already, you probably should.