Videogum Joins The New Yorker In Breaking The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie Review Embargo

Gabe Delahaye | December 5, 2011 - 5:45 pm

New Yorker film critic David Denby has created quite the dull and unimportant controversy this week by publishing his review of David Fincher’s new movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a full week before he was supposed to publishing it according to the embargo that he agreed to before attending a screeninzzzzzzzzzzzz. Fascinating stuff! The movie’s producer, Scott Rudin, is, in the words of the Dipset Crew, “mad.” Here was Denby’s defense of his actions (via Movieline):

The system is destructive: Grown-ups are ignored for much of the year, cast out like downsized workers, and then given eight good movies all at once in the last five weeks of the year. A magazine like The New Yorker has to cope as best as it can with a nutty release schedule. It was not my intention to break the embargo, and I never would have done it with a negative review.

[T]he early [NYFCC] vote forced the early screening of Dragon Tattoo. So we had a dilemma: What to put in the magazine on December 5? Certainly not We Bought the Zoo, or whatever it’s called. If we held everything serious, we would be coming out on Christmas-season movies until mid-January. We had to get something serious in the magazine. So reluctantly, we went early with Dragon, which I called “mesmerizing.” I apologize for the breach of the embargo. It won’t happen again. But this was a special case brought on by year-end madness.

We bought a ZING! To which Rudin responded:

I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again, Daldry or otherwise. I can’t ignore this, and I expect that you wouldn’t either if the situation were reversed. I’m really not interested in why you did this except that you did — and you must at least own that, purely and simply, you broke your word to us and that that is a deeply lousy and immoral thing to have done. … You will now cause ALL of the other reviews to run a month before the release of the movie, and that is a deeply destructive thing to have done simply because you’re disdainful of We Bought a Zoo. Why am I meant to care about that???

KILL EACH OTHER! KILL EACH OTHER! That way we don’t have to take sides! Which is good. Because both sides seem pretty terribzzzzzzzz. Get it together, Gabe! I’m not entirely clear why anyone cares when somebody publishes a movie review. It’s all just marketing and noise anyway, and if a reader is going to take a negative review seriously enough to not go to the movie, then what does it matter when they read that negative review? The whole thing seems kind of beside the point to anyone who doesn’t actually work in Hollywood. That being said, Scott Rudin’s nightmare is coming true, because if the New Yorker gets to publish its review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this week, then so do we! Even if we haven’t actually seen it yet!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: A Movie Review

David Fincher’s new movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is pretty good, probably. Or maybe it’s so-so. That is the film’s greatest mystery, whether or not it is any good. Also there is the mystery that the movie is about, I think, which is a rape? Who raped it?! (Readers of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling thriller will be happy to learn that one mystery posed by the book has been roundly solved: those who wondered why every single woman who encountered the boring, middle-aged and coffee-scented reporter, Miguel Bloomphurst (sp?) wanted so bad to jump his bones all the time. SPOILER ALERT: because he looks like Daniel Craig, it turns out.) Speaking of SPOILER ALERTS, you can read the book and you’ll know EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS MOVIE! It’s crazy. There should be an embargo against that book so no one finds out until a week from now!

Daniel Craig is a gooooood actor! Did you see him in James Bonds? He was good! He’s good. But the real break-out star is Rooney Mara, it would seem, if one was to read what other reviews are saying. She captures your attention and doesn’t let go, I bet. There is this one part that happens and you’ll know it when you see it, but oh man, that part, right? Wow! People are going to be talking about that part for awhile because of the thing that happens and how Rooney Mara does her acting in it. And stuff.

Oh! The cinematography! Very nice. I’m sure. You know how David Fincher always uses kind of dark, moody, very stylistic cinematography? Well he does that again (probably), so if you like that you’re going to like this, and if you don’t like that, then you probably won’t like this, but maybe you will, you should give it another try, or don’t. It is totally up to you. You are your own person. In general, this seems like a movie that you will like more if you like David Fincher and less if you don’t like David Fincher, probably, and also the music is by Trent Reznor and there is a lot of snow in it and rape as I mentioned earlier. Very rapey. Three rapes up.

Check your local listings at some point for showtimes. I don’t actually remember when this movie comes out. Maybe I will see you at the theater. Since I not have seen it yet. A++ Would Do Reviews with Reviewer Again.