[Originally posted: May 24, 2012]
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I admit that, although, not all movies do their books justice, which can be a little disappointing, I’m still a fan of books turned to movies. Especially if they’re done right. For instance, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) is my favorite book-to-movie to date. It has great character development and long takes so that you can actually experience the movie as opposed to movies with cuts every 2 seconds. The movie may have moments where the subject matter can be a bit too difficult to swallow, but the theme is one we’ve all been exposed to: mystery. Becoming the detective trying to solve the crime, faced with obstacles, such as murderers and rapists toying with you, trying to stop you from spilling the beans. Yes, David Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo can easily be shelved in your typical crime section, but it has a twist (as most crime movies do, right?).
Dragon Tattoo isn’t afraid of showing you the severity of crimes that have been committed or putting the viewer in that moment when the horrible incident occurs. It makes you uncomfortable, but also puts you in that position of wanting revenge. There’s an immediate connection and you can’t help yourself. It’s brilliant. The movie has this edginess that is so alluring to young people, because it could be them. I felt so involved with the characters when I read the book, I could easily be in that situation. The lifestyle, the environment, the people that surrounds you; it could’ve been real. Fincher beautifully made what I read from page-to-page to this grand visualization that I couldn’t fulfill beyond my imagination.
Not only was the movie about 90% accurate with the book (in my opinion, at least) it has all the elements to make it an attraction to viewers of this generation and of those to come. Technology, interaction with others, and the realities of life we have trouble handling; it’s all a part of our lives. We like the familiar. Which makes it easy for us to watch Lisbeth Salander and Mikeal Blomkvist use their Apple MacBook Pro’s to piece their investigation together. It’s easy for us to understand the situation with the help of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ score enhancing the scenes that are already so intense. This movie wasn’t afraid to reveal the pain those scenes possessed. It was real. The fact that it’s mostly filmed on the location the book was set in, Sweden, we can imagine being there. That want we sometimes have to want to seek revenge, or justice, or what have you, is such a strong desire for us that it wouldn’t be hard to watch this film. I couldn’t help myself. Nor will anyone else who wants to be a detective, even if it’s only for 2 hours and a half. You want that be that girl in dark clothes and damaged boots taking names (literally) and kicking ass (literally, again).
This film has made me wonder whether it could ever be on any cable channel in later years. I’ve seen a good deal of Fincher’s movies on IFC (Independent Film Channel). Such asSe7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) (another book turned to movie), and Zodiac (2007). I’m a little bummed out that IFC is no longer a commercial free channel, but it does show all the scenes, no matter how intense and mature it can get it, and it doesn’t bleep out swearing. I get that sometimes swearing is unnecessary but Dragon Tattoo needs to keep the swearing in the conversation. Also, there’s at least one important scene that cannot be cut from the movie just to be on cable, (and if you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you) and because of this I highly doubt it’ll ever be on FX or USA since they bleep out practically everything and replace “Shit” with “Spit” or “Crap.” I’m sorry, but if you’re going to cut out so many bad words that actually help the film, maybe don’t air the movie. Personal opinion there. Still, I can see this on IFC in about 3 – 5 years. It’s still new and maybe it’ll take longer than that, who knows, but I feel it in my bones that you can see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on IFC. Unfortunately it’ll be with commercial breaks, but all vital scenes will be kept. However, if someone decides to create a channel with no commercial’s and that allows swearing and mature content kept, then it’ll be there (and I don’t mean HBO). Regardless, Dragon Tattoowas one of the best films of 2011 and didn’t get nearly as enough recognition it deserved. It’s opening the doors to a new genre of detective film we’ll see in the future: the woman detective.