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‘Dragon Tattoo’ is Fincher’s antidote to holiday cheer

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 7:37 am | Updated: 9:13 am, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

Hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the final hours of 2011. My holiday season has been quite relaxing indeed, with the exception of the screening blitz I’ve been embroiled in since I realized the first draft of my year-end top 10 list was woefully inadequate. I’m trying to cram in as many movies as I can before my list is due for publication next week, and the experience has been mind-reeling but, of course, invigorating in  its own way.

One of the best I’ve seen lately is David Fincher’s long-awaited “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which, even if it didn’t melt my face off with fire and brimstone as I had hoped, represents yet another notch in the belt of a filmmaker who, it appears, is incapable of producing anything less than exceptional. So if you’re tired all the happiness and good cheer that comes with the holiday season and wish to wallow in depravity and cynicism — as only a filmmaker can Fincher can deliver it — then I invite you to buy a ticket, take the ride and enjoy your journey through the darker recesses of the human condition. I assure you, it’s a hell of a trip.

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