Wednesday, March 17, 2010

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009)

**½
Sweden



Slick, meticulously contrived highbrow trash. It has more plot holes than most movies have plot, and more plot than... Well, much more than necessary. And for all its solemnity, it ultimately amounts to nothing of real meaning. The mysteries are convoluted and hollow, the psychologies – thuddingly literal, the forensics – gruesome yet pedestrian, the plot conveniences – abundant, and the grotesque sadism undergone by the protagonists – only outdone by the grotesque sadism that befalls the lecherous, hyper-maniacal villains when they finally get their comeuppance.

If there is any kind of message at all in the end, it’s that a lesbian is only a critically petrified girl afraid to face her true and primal need for the love of a man (specifically, a gentle, noble father figure). Once she confronts this need, she will also finally begin dressing and styling her hair like a decent woman.

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At 4:03 PM , Blogger Paul Martin said...

"Highbrow trash"? Surely, you're being generous, Goran. I had no joy with this film at all, from start to finish. I think your rating (2.5 stars) is also generous. It gets down to whether one is part of the target audience, and clearly I'm not. FWIW, I wrote a paragraph or two on my blog.

 
At 7:05 PM , Blogger Y Kant Goran Rite said...

I probably should have been more specific - "faux-howbrow" - because you know, it's a solemn literary adaptation with subtitles and rape and incest and all that. It's a very low 2.5 stars if that's any excuse (low enough for my bottom 10 of 2009).

 

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