'Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo' makes a decent transition
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Now showing at Rave, Quality 16, Brighton
Review by Jeff Meyers of the Metro Times
Though it doesn't bring with it the box office clout of the Twilight books (maybe it's the rapes, incest, serial killings and bisexuality), Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is its own kind of juggernaut, with 15 million copies in print and a small legion of fanboys eager to support the film's director, David Fincher ("The Social Network," "Fight Club," "Benjamin Button"), holiday returns should be good for this slice of psychopathic entertainment.
But what makes Fincher's involvement so perplexing is that he seemed to put the serial killer genre to bed with "Zodiac," a meditation on the grim toll of pursuing boogeymen for reasons other than justice. It made the perfect thematic bookend to his "Se7en," a wickedly moral deconstruction of the genre, implicating genre fans in the villain's self-aggrandizing goals. On the surface, Fincher seems like a natural fit for the brutish, nihilistic dread that characterizes Larsson's novel. But even with its strong-willed female lead (terrain Fincher has explored in other studio-driven work like "Panic Room" and "Alien 3"), he's clearly above the material.
Read the full review here