Although The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was, overall, a good film, I really could not enjoy it. I knew when I went to see it that there were going to be some gruesome scenes, but I was not prepared for the various rape scenes and murder images.
It’s not that I’m sensitive or weak to this kind of thing. I can handle scenes like this when it is necessary to the plot. A lot of these scenes, though, felt like they were thrown into the movie purely for shock value.
Lisbeth Salander (the girl of the title), played by Rooney Mara, is parentless and in the beginning of the movie she is with her guardian. The guardian doesn’t seem to talk to her very much, but they play chess together regularly and she talks to him, seeming to enjoy his company. She is then assigned a new guardian, and this is where I started to question the choices made in filming and editing.
The man assigned to be her new guardian takes advantage of her, deciding that he will have full control of all of her finances. When she asks him for money he forces himself on her in exchange for the cash she needs. In one scene, he requests that she come to his apartment, and there, he handcuffs her to his bed, pulls her clothes off of her, and anally rapes her.
It may just be me but I think most people would have understood what was going on without the actor who played her guardian actually simulating lubricating the area with his tongue and simulating the act. It was, in my opinion, completely unnecessary.
Overall the film was really good, but it seems that the kudos would really go to the author, Stieg Larsson and to the actors, not the filmmakers for choices made purely to create an “edgy” movie.