Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Dir. David Fincher
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 158mins

Director David Fincher takes the reigns of the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” – or, the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, more specifically. It’s hardly an ambitious move since the 2010 Swedish original had already proven its box-office and pop culture credentials, and whilst Fincher doesn’t exactly blow the original out of the water, he does add enough to make the project feel less like an unnecessary retread than it otherwise may have.

Read the rest at Trespass Magazine

Meanwhile, as I was writing this review I had the soundtrack playing and... can we discuss this for a brief moment? So, Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is 158 minutes, yeah? So how come the musical score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is 173 minutes long? Jeepers, that's a bit excessive isn't it? Especially when so many of the musical cues are identical. I ended up deleting two thirds of the album since I just did not need it all on there! Of course I kept "Immigrant Song" by Karen O, which is a great opening credits song choice if ever there was one. Still I don't even know how the original soundtrack is longer than the actual film it accompanies, let alone that works let alone why.

Meanwhile, I'd love to hear Reznor and Ross' take on The Sound of a Dragon Tattoo, a film mash-up that I really want somebody to take the reigns of and create one of those wonderfully inventive fake trailers. Consider that both Robert Wise's The Sound of Music and David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are about women who are held back by a leash, but eventually break free to help a family who seem to seclude themselves away in the countryside alongside a surly male. They both include evil nazis and they both star Christopher Plummer! Somebody? Anybody? Oh, okay then...

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