Posted on 1/01/12 12:52 PM
...What the frat, man?! I mean, WHAT THE FRAT?! What kind of movie did I just watch?! Is THIS supposed to be made by the same guy who did The Social freaking Network?! I don't believe this!! And what is that? R Rated?! Really? You mean in spite of its graphic content, the MPAA decided to give Fincher a break after so many PG-13 outings and let this NC-17 flick SLIDE?!
Okay, let's just make an earnest attempt and focus on the movie. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a newspaper journalist who was sued, I think, by another company for alleged false yellow press. What he does that detaches his attention from that issue is to solve the murder of this psycho who uses the bible to justify his murders (Se7en anyone?). Meanwhile, this girl named Lisbeth Slander (Rooney Mara) is this smart albeit textbook sociopathic girl who has a rough life. And I mean so rough that if I said "You don't want to know what her psychiatrist does to her", you'd automatically assume the correct answer.
But let's try to keep that image away from your heads as it's too late for me.
So the way it happens is the two story arcs, Lisbeth's and Mikael's, crisscross and find a lot to like from each other. Sure they don't express it formerly, which is good because at least Rooney's performance has some redeeming qualities you would never see from her type casted roles in Elm Street or even The Social Network. Daniel Craig acts... like Daniel Craig, he doesn't show much until the mystery begins. So overall and all the movie was okay. It was graphic at times, not so much in violence rather than in the other department that isn't language or smoking.
Then again, like I said, I'm sure this is the kind of movie Fincher wanted to make again for so long. But just like his bladder, he seemed to hold it out for too long, and what came out seemed to be more than was needed. The only difference is it hurt our stomach as much as his, but I digress. I honestly wouldn't watch it again. It was a good movie, but still irregularly exploitative.