According to Steve Pond over at The Wrap, David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s opening sequence drew applause — CK Dexter Haven you have unsuspected depth! — this year, because of last year’s win, the Academy are expected to like their spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down but it’s possible they are also craving a little hot sauce with their meal:
That evening, “War Horse” drew a bigger crowd, though the Goldwyn was still nowhere near capacity. (As a member pointed out, the film has been screening aggressively around town for a few weeks.) The film met with good applause at the end, and one voter speculated that the strength of its crafts will help make it a real contender.
Another voter (who loved the film) described the reaction as “no walk outs and applause at the end, although not overwhelming.” Afterwards, the member did report hearing some grumbling that the film was “too perfect and manipulative.”
On Saturday, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” screened at the Goldwyn to the biggest crowd of the five weekend showings (the other two being “We Bought a Zoo” on Saturday afternoon and “Albert Nobbs” on Sunday at noon).
“Dragon Tattoo” not only drew applause at the end of the film, but also at the end of the opening credit sequence, a bracing abstract sequence set to Trent Reznor’s and Karen O’s brutal version of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”
Fincher’s brilliant thriller was given bad reviews by both AO Scott of the NY Times, and Kenneth Turan at the LA Times.
“Oh, Clarice. Your problem is, you need to get more fun out of life.”