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Because if there’s one thing Hollywood is in need of it’s a little justice.
Case #006: The People vs THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Opening statement: I’m always a fan of movies that come from real life experiences, but this one is harsh. Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, wrote the book – originally titled Men Who Hate Women – because of a gang rape he witnessed as a teen. The victim was Lisbeth. Evidently Larsson felt so guilty for not helping Lisbeth that he went and wrote a book. My word.
Prosecution: If you’ve read what I’ve written about Daniel Craig previously, then you know that the man has yet to impress me. His performance in COWBOYS and ALIENS was decent, but he didn’t speak all that much. So he kind of gets a pass for that one. Then there’s DREAM HOUSE and what a puke-fest that was. Jesus. I just don’t know if I can take him seriously. As far as our leading lady goes, Rooney Mara just hasn’t been in much. Her most famous role to date comes from another Fincher film. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. A little flick called THE SOCIAL NETWORK. That’s right. That’s her. Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend. Perhaps she’s very lucky that she has a connection with David Fincher. Who knows, maybe Fincher knows something we don’t.
Defense: I have a feeling that this film is going to have Oscar buzz. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be some TREE OF LIFE piece of shit that leaves you feeling like you’re coming down from a bad trip. That means that it’s actually going to be good. David Fincher was behind my second favorite film of last year. I believe he wants that golden man. I also believe he wants to make this movie a worthwhile cinematic experience. It’s nice to see a movie coming out this time of year with a bit of an edge to it. Not to mention Christopher Plummer who may just get some Oscar buzz himself. If not for this film, then perhaps for BEGINNERS. We shall see.
Closing Statement: Even though we have a leading lady who hasn’t seen much screen time and Daniel Craig again, I trust David Fincher. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will compose the soundtrack and as you may remember, they DID take home an Oscar for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. The trailer makes me think it’s going to sound very similar, which is okay by me. Christopher Plummer is here. If all else fails, Christopher Plummer is here to save the day.
Verdict: I could’ve settled this one out of court. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be worth my $12. My advice to you: see this movie. See it – as Bill Paxton says in WEIRD SCIENCE – ASAFP. You got Fincher, you got Plummer, you got Trent and Atticus, you got what looks like incredible cinematography, you got a story strong enough to keep your attention, and WE’VE got movie sign!