The subject matter may not scream “Happy Holidays!” but Santa brought discerning movie fans a terrific – if dark – gift in the form of the gloomy, atmospheric Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While the subject matter is not exactly family fare, dealing as it does with rape, torture, mutilation and murder, film fans will appreciate the artistry that went into it, and the film should do better if it stays in theaters through the long, dark winter months.
The film was released already freighted with some pretty heavy baggage. First there were the high expectations for A-list director David Fincher tackling the late Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling “Millennium Trilogy” of novels. And then there was the backlash: “How dare Hollywood remake a Swedish movie?” Well, Fincher and co. have done a damn fine job proving that this story needed to be filmed again.