Dragon Tattoo movie review

Over the holidays I saw a film I had been anticipating for months, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I had read Steig Larsson’s entire Millenium trilogy and had seen all three of the Swedish-made films. I seem to be in the minority, but I was VERY disappointed by this version.

I went with my Mom, who hadn’t read the books, and her first question after it was over was “what was the deal with the framed flowers?!” This movie didn’t finish everything it started. The flowers played a role throughout the book and helping locate Harriet in the end!

I also didn’t like that they changed the ending of the book…what the happened to the Australian parts!?

The character of Miriam will play a large role in parts 2 and 3, yet in this movie the character was introduced as a seeming one night stand for Lisbeth, and we learn nothing about her – not even her name!

All in all, I actually prefered the Swedish version to this.

The highlight of the American film: the opening sequence! 😛

The making of that opening:

The oil-drenched title sequence that opens David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo includes mesmerizing details from all three of Stieg Larsson’s books about hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander, not just the one upon which the movie is based.

That might seem like an odd choice, but it was intentional.

Blur Studio, the creator of the vivid opening, was given a mandate by Fincher to make the two-and-a-half-minute sequence a conceptual re-creation of Larsson’s full Millennium trilogy — and to completely turn the idea of title sequences on its head.

“I got a call from him, it was the middle of the night in Sweden and he was on some shoot that was going really bad,” Tim Miller, Blur’s co-founder and the creative director behind the sequence, said in a phone interview with Wired.com. “And he calls me and he says, ‘Look, you’re going to do this thing and it’s going to redefine titles for our generation the way Se7en did and that’s all there is to it.’”

So, as happened with Se7en’s title sequence, a song produced by Trent Reznor (in this case a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with Karen O and Atticus Ross) became an eerie opening soundtrack, and Blur set about bringing Fincher’s primordial-ooze fever dream to life. (See the Dragon Tattoo opening title sequence above.)

To get what Fincher wanted, Blur worked with the director to pick out general and specific moments in the trilogy that could be demonstrated visually — a pressed flower, wasps, the instruments of hacking, Lisbeth Salander’s father being set on fire, and, of course, the dragon alluded to in the title.

Blur ended up with 26 moments approved by Fincher, then composed them into 252 shots of 24 frames or fewer. Each piece was created electronically using 3ds Max, RealFlow (for the oily goo), Softimage and other software, as well as 3-D scans of principal actors Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig (to get their likenesses right).

It was a tall order, but the crew at Blur’s Venice, California, headquarters completed the project in a few months.

So what was it like for Miller, who has known Fincher for a while and worked on other projects with him, to create something for a director infamous for his meticulous-ness? He admits he had fears the Dragon Tattoo intro would get nit-picked — or “pixel-fucked” — to death. But as it turns out, the opening title sequence came together with very few snags.

“It was pretty smooth-flowing,” Miller said.

Quote Source: Oily Secrets of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Title Sequence

‘Immigrant Song’ Video Released

The other day I posted about the soundtrack for the upcoming film of Hollywood’s take on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, featuring the music of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Today I learned that the song now has a video to accompany it. The video features vocalist Karen O (frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Check it out: Video