The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★★

“but i misjudged just how sick you are”

i still remember the first time i saw this in theaters, leaning forward from the opening credits, literally on the edge of my seat. it’s the grittiest fincher has ever gotten in a certain sense: instead of just focusing on murder, it dives deeper into the wounds left when people are truly cruel to others. it’s graphic and painful to watch. and it has a coldness, the frigid scenery sets the tone from the very beginning. but the two different storylines and how they eventually intersect and combine create such a unique atmosphere, it’s undeniable to me, watching the mystery unfold, and the conclusion wrap itself up after so much has happened. i never get sick of this, even with it’s lengthy runtime, and i don’t think i ever will