The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Steve Zaillian (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard and Christopher Plummer
Everything surrounding this American adaptation of a best-selling Swedish book seemed like a perfect fit. Who better to chronicle a dark story about a serial killer that involves a clever computer nerd than David Fincher? It’s a combination of everything he’s done so well as a director, from Zodiac to last year’s The Social Network.
Add in a cast full of talented character actors and a breakthrough star performance from the unknown actress Rooney Mara, and it sounds like a filmmaking and financial grand slam. Though Fincher weaves his distinct visual pleasures through Steve Zaillian’s condensed/slightly altered version of Stieg Larsson’s bulky narrative, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a long movie filled with many names, twists and bursts of violence.