The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher, 2011)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011)

The longer Fincher makes movies, the more outstanding his style becomes. I hate to say this, but he’s starting to become a modern day Hitchcock in my eyes. His ability to create suspense through mood, lighting, and uneasy character interaction mirrors the master and is on full display in this film. Honestly, he takes what is only an average mystery story and is able to create a level of intrigue that goes past the ‘whodunit’ aspect of the film. Even if the reveal is obvious and the twists are eye-rolling, the people pursuing the truth act like real human beings and the setting they find themselves in is full of texture and distinctiveness. I could have done without the unnecessary graphicness of the girl’s horrible situation (so much here could have just been implied and had the same effect), but what the events do for the finale in regards to the character’s depth is fantastic.  7.5/10

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2 Responses to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher, 2011)”

  1. I’d like to hear more about the similarities you see between Fincher and Hitchcock.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Mostly in the way they create suspense. Honestly, I need to re-watch a lot of Fincher’s earlier films to confirm the comparison. Zodiac is the most obvious since it’s about a serial killer. John Carroll Lynch channels his inner Anthony Perkins, and Gyllenhaal’s obsessive personality is very Hitchcockian. And though the comparisons aren’t as obvious, I see it in The Game, Panic Room, and even The Social Network.

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