The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Difficulties In A “New” Age of Agency

An Ecstatic Truth

Written by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, and Christopher Plummer




There is an inherent difficulty, perhaps even potential impossibility, in attempting to critique a system from a position within it. It is impossible to speak critically of language using the terms of the system that you aim to critique. As such, there is a similar difficulty in attempting to level a critique at the patriarchal, often exploitative and misogynistic, social and economic systems in place; the world has been created in the image of men, almost always at the expense of female agency and representation. Hollywood is no exception to this phenomenon. The number of films that are created by, and aimed toward, men staggeringly outweighs the number of female-oriented films… depressingly so once the ideologically Cro-Magnon, and implicitly conservative, romantic comedies…

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