The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has been screened to critics in the last week or so, and Columbia Pictures have placed a strict embargo on all reviews until December 13th. Some consternation has been caused by the fact that David Denby of The New Yorker is publishing his review today, in contravention of said embargo. His reasons are pretty convincing though. Here is some of what he said (via The Huffington Post):
"Grown-ups are ignored for much of the year, cast out like downsized workers, and then given eight good movies all at once in the last five weeks of the year... In any case, the early vote forced the early screening of 'Dragon Tattoo.' So we had a dilemma: What to put in the magazine on December 5? Certainly not We Bought the Zoo,' or whatever it's called... If we held everything serious, we would be coming out on Christmas-season movies until mid-January. We had to get something serious in the magazine. So reluctantly, we went early with 'Dragon,' which I called 'mesmerizing.' I apologize for the breach of the embargo. It won't happen again. But this was a special case brought on by year-end madness."
Read the rest here. Producer Scott Rudin was not impressed. However, the most important question is not why Denby broke the embargo though, it's what he though of the film. Well, here is an extract from the review:
"You can’t take your eyes off Rooney Mara as she plays the notorious Lisbeth Salander, in the American movie version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The movie jumps ahead in short, spiky scenes, punctuated by beautifully edited montages of computerized photographs, and by Mara, head down in the wind, tearing around Sweden on a motorcycle, like—well, a bat out of hell. At heart, the material is pulpy and sensational. Directed by David Fincher (working with Steven Zailian’s screenplay), this is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking; it presents a chilled view of the world in which brief moments of loyalty flicker between repeated acts of greed and betrayal."
That pretty much sums up and confirms all hopes I had for the film. I cannot wait! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens in the USA on 21 December 2011, and in South Africa on 6 January 2012. I will be there on the opening day.
Here is the trailer (via Ropeofsilicon):