TRAILER TALK: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The original 2009 Swedish film of the same name directed by Niels Arden Oplev was the first five out five film since The Dark Knight for me. I watched it and it was a perfect movie watching experience. Everything about it was mind blowing. In my review on Flixster I summed it up by demanding “Go-see-this-movie-now! This is exactly how suspenseful mystery films are meant to be made. This wonderful Swedish film carries you into a dark and twisted world where you don’t know who to trust and you don’t know what to expect. It focuses on two very different characters, both as interesting as each other and explores some of the darker sides of humanity, such as murder, spying, & rape. Some of it’s scenes are intensely shocking but you can’t turn away. It’s gripping, compelling, scary, confronting, and best of all haunting. One of the best crime mystery thrillers I have seen in years.”

Naturally I was nervous about the news of an American adaption, yet with each passing month, I am getting more and more excited. David Fincher is the best man for this job. Daniel Craig is a great choice for Mikael Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander is also a fine choice. The supporting cast is all quality and the first photos of the film really started to get my heart racing for this film. The first teaser trailer, featuring Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover of Immigrant Song got me interested and now this first trailer has me completely and utterly sold that we may be looking at one of the best movies of the year.


The trailer captures Fincher’s dark and moody style and it is clear that Fincher is creating a world that is extremely nihilistic and violent. For those who have not read the book, the trailer conveys the plot simply enough without giving too much information away. It is clear we are dealing with gifted and intelligent people who are deeply twisted and haunted and the trailer knows how to create an air of suspense with them. My only problem is that trailer is a little too long and while the images are mostly rapid, it does show I think a little too much of what we might expect to see. All in all, a great trailer for what I believe will be a great movie.



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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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