At a few showings of movies opening last week, an eight minute long ultra super duper extended trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was played. Sony has not released the trailer on the Internet due to obvious and understandable fears that someone might see it and then want to pay them to see their movie. But Sony has deemed us peasants worthy of a merely four minutes long ultra (but not super duper) extended trailer.
So despite its length, this plays more like a traditional trailer than the previous ones released for the film, which while moody and edgy did little to say anything other than “look at our movie, aren’t we moody and edgy?” The length plays a bit against this one if only because it feels like they reveal too much, giving a Cliff Notes version of all of the setup. On the other hand Rooney Mara is extraordinarily convincing as Lisbeth. If anything in the bits and pieces we see, she fits the Lisbeth of the novel more readily than Noomi Rapace did. Mara is ninety pounds of anger and fire here, and it works.
The film is scheduled for release on December 21st.