Trailer Review: Fincher fascinates with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

September 7, 2011

Originally published in The Michigan Daily

Director David Fincher experienced a resurgence to the top of film industry with “The Social Network.” And if the buzz for his next film — the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” — is any indication, he may cement his name atop that list.

The first trailer for the film, which crashed into theaters in early June, was the spark for much of its attention. It’s a flashy, manic, rollicking montage of quick shots intercut to a continuous dolly shot down a snowy road, all set under a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant’s Song” by Trent Reznor and Karen O. The result is a tour-de-force experience that expertly builds tension without a single line of dialogue or even a fleshed-out moment of interaction between characters. Presenting little narrative context, it manages to tell a story of its own with snapshot visuals and a breakneck pace. What it lacks in variety it makes up for in its stunning cinematography and dark visuals, featuring stars Daniel Craig (“Cowboys and Aliens”) and tatted-up, pierced and thin Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”).

Labeling itself as “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas,” the film could very well be Fincher’s darkest in years, not to mention his biggest one yet.

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