21 February 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Steven Zaillian
Full credits at IMDb

There's a pretty plain moral simplicity here: Lisbeth becomes this absurd repository for all that's awful and abusive about how men treat women, the barbarity of this misogyny highlighted by the red-herring connection of the case she's investigating to Scandinavian Nazis. And if there's one thing the Academy loves, it's movies about the WWII-era Jewish experience, yeah? I think what's most damaging to this movie's Oscar chances is that it's lowbrow and artless, a pulpy streamlining of Steig Larsson's knotty, already artless plotting—efficient perhaps, but Oscarbait's gotta be more than summer fare with a prestige-season gloss; it's gotta make at least pretenses toward significance! And probably feature fewer car chases, eh?

Keep reading my conversation with Benjamin at The L Magazine

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