‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Review

by on March 25, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reviewThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie review from Brusimm.

Today I finally got the time to catch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought I’d spit out a movie review, despite how flipping late it is.  But I make up for the late review with some extra tidbits that you can’t find in any of those other “timely” reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Check it out:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, along with Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard.

It has a runtime of 158 minutes and is rated R, and it definitely earns the R rating.

Yep, 2 hours and 38 minutes.  But I have to say upfront, that the story and direction come together in such a way that it does not take much to stay rooted to the screen watching this story develop.

Fincher’s past credits includes 1995’s Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network.  Of course, you’ve seen Daniel Craig in Dream House, Cowboys and Aliens, and the latest Bond movies.

Christopher Plummer and Daniel Craig in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'As the movie starts, we’re quickly introduced to Mikael Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) legal problems right away in the opening scenes.  We also quickly learn that Mikael is having an affair with his boss, Erika Berger (Robin Wright).  In the process, he lost his marriage while protecting hers.

We’re then introduced to the goth-looking Lisbeth Salander’s (Rooney Mara).  She may not fit the corporate model of appearances, but apparently she’s beyond excellent in the skills of being an investigator.

Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) than hires Mikael to investigate a 40-year-old murder of his neice.  He wants to know who did it and he’s convinced that the murderer is still on the island they all live on.  “They all” being his family.

Mikael moves onto the island, gets adopted by a cat, and tells everyone (The family who lives on the island) that he’s doing a biography of Henrik, to cover his tracks and keep the culprit complacent.

Back to Lisbeth, we find that she’s under the care of a legal guardian (despite being in her 20’s) and things with her living arrangements are changing, and not for the better.


The first hour and a quarter,

Rooney Mara in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

The film opens following both Mikael and Lisbeth’s individual lives… Both stories are captivating in and of themselves, and you start to wonder exactly when it all comes together.  Alas, after an hour and fifteen minutes, Mikael needs an assistant in his new investigation and events, being as they are, get him the meticulous Lisbeth.

From there things get even better in the story and events start to finally unfold as details and the discovery process includes our characters and the movie-goer, keeping the movie interesting.

The R rating is there for a reason and this is DEFINITELY a movie you won’t want to watch with kids around.  Plus, there will be a few scenes that upset viewers, but they aren’t many, but they’re there.  But the moments are critical to the story, effectively pulling you deeper into the story.


This is a well done movie, with Fincher translating the story to the screen with a level of quality that was impressive.  The cast does not fail either… with Craig and Mara definitely coming together and delivering a great chemistry of team work.

Reviews across the board were very positive… earning an 8 out 10 on IMDb,  and an 87% on the critic aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes.

What I think:

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'No matter how you can, if you love good story telling, check this movie out.  It’s worth it and I’m sorry I missed it in theaters.

‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ DVDs and Streaming on Amazon


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reportedly cost an estimated $90M to make and it took in $232M worldwide.  But MGM and Sony (Producer and Distributor) say that if there will be more movies, (the sequels from the book trilogy the movie is based on.) they need to cost less to make.

But critically speaking, after several awards won with 28 different nominations around the awards circuit, it’s definitely worthy.

It’s been recognized as Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing,  and such.

Future Movie Projects Of…

Since I hit up these reviews so late, the extra value I can add to them is by letting you know what new, upcoming movie projects some of the folks are reported to be involved in.  Check it out:

David Fincher

At the moment, David doesn’t have anything going on right now, but he’s attached with films in development…  Like Heavy Metal remake, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and a few others.

Daniel Craig is working on the next Bond film, called Skyfall.

Rooney Mara’s next movies coming out are Lawless and The Better Pill.  I can’t wait to see what Mara brings to the screen next.  I really liked what she did on this film.

Christopher Plummer can be seen next in the movies Five Good Years (rumored), and Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.

Stellan Skarsgård will be seen in Joss Whedon’s movie, The Avengers, then Romeo and Juliet & Rouge Brésil.


(IMDb used for reference info)

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