If you’ve read the best-selling Stieg Larsson trilogy, the main reason to go see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is Rooney Mara’s performance as Lisbeth Salander. From the minute Mara appears on screen she embodies the character of the misfit computer hacker with a photographic memory that millions of people, including myself, have envisioned while reading the books.

In a role that requires little dialogue, Mara is riveting in her intensity and manages to convey with her body language and facial expressions Lisbeth’s genius, rage, and hidden vulnerability simmering under the surface. She nails this character so completely that with the arch of an eyebrow, you know exactly what she’s thinking. The costume design and makeup, a crucial element of Lisbeth’s character are outstanding and complete the transformation of Mara into this indelible figure. Continue reading »

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