2011: #8 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård
Distributer: Columbia
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/21/2011
Date seen: 12/25/2011
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $211 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 5 (Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 7 (Source Music, Makeup, Editing, Cinematography, Actress, Line, and Trailer)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Source Music and Trailer)

In 2008 I defended the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button because I felt David Fincher’s filmmaking elevated the movie above its average-at-best script. Well, he’s done it again. I think this is about as good an adaptation as we’re likely to see of Stieg Larsson pulpy novel of the same name. It’s certainly better than the crudely constructed Swedish adaptation that came out a few years earlier. In fact a direct comparison between the two versions of the story could almost be a study in how much a film can benefit from the strong vision of an auteur behind the camera. Fincher’s style is of course perfect for this material and I’m more than willing to overlook some a couple of Stieg Larsson’s lumps in order to enjoy Fincher’s latest soufflé.
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