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Films to See Before You Die: #98 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer

Synopsis: Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is asked by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to do a Biography of his family. But what he is really hired to do is investigate the disappearance of his niece Harriet, who went missing 40 years ago. After talking with members of the Vanger family who are mostly uncooperative Blomkvist is then aided in his investigation by the strange Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). In their search for Harriet they uncover a family secret beyond anything they could have imagined.

Trivia: The film was released on December 20; exactly where the novel begins in chapter one.

Why I think you should this: I am sure most people have read the novel and seen the Swedish version so they probably feel not much will be gained by watching this. That is where you are wrong though, this movie is another superb film that showcases the immense talent of director David Fincher and includes a breathtaking performance by Rooney Mara. It also includes a very strong supporting cast with standout performances by Daniel Craig and Stellan Skarsgård.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

5 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #98 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  1. noa834 ⋅

    I agree with your reasoning. I loved the 3 books, saw the first Swedish film but really thought this versin was vastly better, totally satisfying in regards to being true to the book. I really loved this film! Rooney Mara is breathtaking.

  2. rwhyan

    Excellent film, David Fincher can do no wrong. Great post.

  3. Fincher is one of the best directors in the game at the moment and this is another prime example of that. He improved on the Swedish version so much and made this film one of the best of 2011. Both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were aces.

  4. I loved the original Swedish movie. Then loved reading all the books. Thought the 2nd Swedish movie good too. but the 3rd was a let-down. Saw this an thought it was even better than the Swedish although I had my doubts. But Daniel Craig doesn’t over-play his part and Rooney Mara deserved her Oscar nomination. Kim*

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