First of all, let me say that my expectations were off the charts. I love the book, I really do. The Millennium trilogy defines a period of my life. Harry Potter defined my childhood, this defines…well, the present. I can talk about it for hours, with anyone. By now I feel like I know the two protagonists personally.
Some of you - well, most of you, if you follow my blog or know me in real life - know how I felt about this movie. I read every piece of information about this film, I constantly refreshed “the girl with the dragon tattoo” tag, I spent hours on IMDB, I damn nearly hyperventilated every time I saw the trailers. The hype was fucking immense. There seemingly was no way this movie could meet my expectations.
Well. It did. And fucking how.
David Fincher is a god. I’m not the first person to say this. I don’t know if he and Larsson share the same mind or something, but this film is not just an amazing movie, it’s an amazing adaptation. Not a thing out of place. Fucking phenomenal. How did he do this? He handled the source material brilliantly, he cut what was really unnecessary and he expanded on the right things.
The acting. Oh, the acting. I don’t think there are any words possible to describe how fantastic the acting was.
Rooney Mara. Remember that name, because she will have a fucking career. The amount of emotions she can convey only with her eyes will leave you speechless. Not that you should speak during a fucking movie. She IS the Lisbeth Salander I read about in the books. I will not compare her to Rapace, mainly because I haven’t seen the Swedish film, but also because she can’t be compared to anyone. This performance is unique. She has a great road ahead of her, notwithstanding any awards. But if she doesn’t get an Oscar, I will tear the Academy apart and feast on their miserable souls.
She shines even among a brilliant ensemble. Daniel fucking Craig. Ugh. I’m trying my best to ignore my fangirl self and not be extremely shallow
BUT THE WAY HIS GLASSES HUNG OFF HIS FACE…nevermind. He really surprised me because seeing as most of the spotlight would be on Mara, he could’ve just played Daniel Craig as James Bond and be done with it. But no. He really embodied the character. He was the perfect Blomkvist, ex-fucking-actly like in the book. The confidence, the sarcasm, the swagger, the movements and that certain something that makes us all relate to him. AND HIS EYES AND ARMS CIGARETTE BREAK TIME!
I think it’s sufficient to say that the rest of the cast was also perfect. (I wonder how many times I’ll use “perfect” in this review, since it’s the best adjective to describe the movie). Stellan Skarsgard gets a shout-out. You rock, man.
Let’s move on to one of the most important (if not THE most important) aspect of the film - the relationship between Blomkvist and Salander. During the movie I knew that this is going to be great. I love how the story switched between them and mixed their scenes together. And when they finally met…BOOM. What chemistry. Superb. I haven’t seen on-screen chemistry like this since the last time they showed it on the projector at school. The devil is in the details and the details in how the two actors interact are the key. If you’re careful enough, you’ll notice the impact they leave on each other, like Blomkvist adopting Lisbeth’s characteristic gaze during THAT one scene, Lisbeth starting to smoke outside because Blomkvist does so, etc. Class.
Seeing as it’s a Fincher movie, I don’t think I need to elaborate on how amazing the cinematography and the soundtrack were. The film is superb in all technical aspects, but I think the cinematography excels the most. Fincher will always find that one. perfect. shot.
This review has crossed the tl;dr territory long ago. So, TL;DR: see it. Just go and see it. It’s among my favourite movies of all time. And I might sound full of myself, but that’s a really fucking good list. Favourite movie of 2011. Makes everything else look mediocre. Is it Fincher’s best (which would classify it as my favourite movie of all time, seeing as Fight Club holds that spot right now)? I need to see it again to confirm that. I’m slightly overwhelmed by the “holy shit, I actually saw it after all this waiting” sensation.
Highlights of the film (yeah, I’m not done yet):
- THE OPENING CREDITS. FIGHT THE HORDE, MY EYES ARE FULL OF FUCK.
- Mikael trolling everyone.
- Lisbeth’s eyes when she realizes what will happen to her. Shit.
- Lisbeth’s revenge. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie scene so much.
- Blomkvist being attractive…well, that’s not a highlight, that’s the whole fucking movie.
- Seriously, how do you hang your glasses like that?
- The subtle moments. Too much to mention right now, but when you watch the movie you’ll know.
- HOLY SHIT, I KNOW THAT PLACE, I STOOD RIGHT THERE A FEW WEEKS AGO. Oh, that’s just me. Yeah, I went to Stockholm mostly because of the book.
- Every Lisbeth/Mikael scene.
- The fact that Daniel Craig was in a R rated sex scene. That pervy smile I had on my face, haha. I hope nobody noticed that.
- Sail away, sail away, sail away…
- "Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me!"
- That ending. DON’T LET MY SHIP SAIL AWAY, SO MUCH FEELS.
- That awkward moment when you realize you can never stop listing highlights because there were too much.
Do I still need a fucking rating? 10/10