“THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO” Movie Review

“THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO” Rating: 6 ½

Mixed feelings about this picture.

Acting: superb.

Directing: Would have been a better movie directed by Spielberg or Eastwood.

Story/Plot: Interesting, clever, intriguing but drags early on.

This is an American adaptation of a Swedish novel Stieg Larrson, where most of the scenes are set in Sweden, and everyone has Swedish names. Disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, (played by Daniel Craig) is hired on to investigate the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from forty years ago. For an assistant, he partners with an eccentric, 23 year-old body-pierced, tattooed girl who is a computer hacker with a photographic mind and a highly pissed-off attitude ingrained in her from childhood. While a borderline psycho, the character — deftly played by Rooney Mara — eventually draws sympathy and admiration from the viewers as she eventually shows a more sensitive side.

I fell asleep during part of the boring first third, and then had troubles figuring out which character was which, because so many had complicated names and roles.

A rape scene is graphically portrayed bringing out high-tension emotion to anyone with a heart. One questions the necessity of such gross realism, when a director with the skills of an Eastwood or Spielberg could have presented the same information without over-the-top violence and naked cruelty.

Regardless, look for an Oscar nomination for little-known Rooney Mara. She is the granddaughter of Art Rooney Sr., founder of the Pittsburgh Steeler football team. While she has played small parts in other films, this will be her breakout role. She is a compelling actress who fully immerses herself in this difficult and chilling role.

Not a movie for everyone.

Do not bring the kids.

Trailer video: Click here: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – IMDb