The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★★

This isn’t Fincher’s best movie, but I think it might be his biggest accomplishment. It’s so disturbing and elaborate and convoluted that it makes Zodiac look like Pete’s Dragon. But he pulls it all together and holds your attention for the entire hefty run time. Actually what impresses me the most is the way the movie uses that run time to its advantage. Where a lot of 2 and a half hour movies would wear a viewer down, this one builds momentum. You really can’t stop watching once you get past the 25 minute mark. For the entire final 45 minutes, Fincher has you eating out of the palm of his hand. That is not easy. The fact that he wasn’t given a chance to finish the trilogy is so frustrating and yet so unsurprising. Even so, the ending is still extremely ballsy and heartbreaking and perfect and one of my favorite things from Fincher ever. And it gets better every time I see it.

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