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Despite my curiosity as to why a movie would be re-made into English when the perfectly good Swedish original is barely a few years old (that one’s for you, Mr. Fincher), I went to the movies and saw “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. I’m actually glad that I did.
The movie itself is pretty sick nasty awesome, heavily featuring a few of everyone’s favorite things: rape, torture, incest, and yep– Happy Meals. But besides the masterful weaving of the story and the phenomenal acting (Craig is at his best ever and Mara has just secured herself a one-way ticket to movie stardom), the coolest part of this film has to be the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
I’ll admit, I know about as much about Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails as I do traditional Bavarian polka music– that is to say, nothing. What I do know is that Fincher, Reznor and Ross have, once again, come together to create something really special. Where the Oscar-winning score to last year’s “The Social Network” transformed a movie about Facebook into a suspense-driven adventure, the score to the heart-pounding, violent and adventurous “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” keeps perfect pace with the film’s thrilling ups and downs, never threatening to overpower them. It is ominous, mysterious, and will keep you guessing.
The biggest surprise of the soundtrack is the opening title sequence, featuring a frighteningly cool update of Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Immigrant Song” from Karen O. Apparently, Reznor did not want to feature the song in the film and only did so at Fincher’s request. I, for one, am thrilled that it made the cut. Here is the incredible opening sequence that already feels like a modern film classic. Don’t just watch it here, though– go see the movie, you fucking fuck (you’ll get it when you see it).