Rooney Mara’s big London premiere in Givenchy: overexposed goth bride?

Here are some photos of your new movie star, Rooney Mara, at the London premiere of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. What should we talk about first? The dress? The dress is Givenchy and vaguely bridal, but… like, bridal by way of Tim Burton. I like the idea of the dress much more than the execution, and I abhor dresses with cutouts in that specific area of a woman’s body – so unflattering. I also think the sheer sleeves are particularly tacky and budget-seeming. I’m not going to even bother saying anything good or bad about Rooney’s hair – David Fincher’s vision of Lisbeth Salander was of a girl with itty-bitty bangs, and I think Rooney is doing an admirable job in growing them out, somewhat.

I’m kind of surprised that Rooney didn’t turn up on the arm of her Professor Higgins (making her Crackie Eliza Doolittle), David Fincher. Rumor is that Rooney and Fincher might be more than just colleagues, which is totally sketchy, and Fincher probably doesn’t want that drama either. Thus, he didn’t walk his leading lady down the carpet. Daniel Craig was there, though – I’ll talk about him more in another post.

I wanted to ask if anyone else is slightly disappointed thus far with the Rooney Mara Rollout? She’s on two new magazine covers, which I’ve included below. Allure (tagline: “The girl with the pierced nipple”) and Dazed and Confused (Dragon Slayer: Rooney Mara Makes Her Mark). She’s also been on Vogue, and she did W Magazine “in character” earlier this year. And what’s come of all of that exposure? What of this, her first huge red carpet for her first huge starring role? It’s all a big “meh.” In interviews, Rooney doesn’t have much to say. She hasn’t really struggled or worked and toiled for recognition for years and years. She comes from a well-off family, she decided to be an actress and thought she should be getting big roles right away. It took her a few years, and then she got handed one at the ripe age of 25. And now she’s trying to convince everyone that she’s so dark and intense, when it just don’t feel like that, at all.

Also, there’s the little matter of Dragon Tattoo being an Oscar hopeful, and some early predictions were that Rooney might be a Best Actress nominee. Those predictions have been petering out as the year draws to a close. My guess? The film will be nominated for Best Picture, but Rooney won’t be nominated.

Photos courtesy of WENN. Magazine covers courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. Sara says:

    By her looks, she is more bland than Kristen Stewart, if thats possible. By acting,.. of course Rooney Mara wins..
    I dont know,… I am not saying all movie star needs to have a star look. BUT… she seems forgettable. I dont know… she doesnt have presence at red carpet or cover of magazines.

    She kept her look because she is doing the new Terrence Malick film, with Ryan Gosling,..

  2. tooey says:

    The professor definitely picked that dress.

  3. Jenny says:

    Her make-up is too white, the contrast with her neck is obvious when she turns her head. Either tone down the make-up or do the same thing to the neck and chest area. Dress–weird.

  4. hehe says:

    Love the dress and it fits her hair. Also all the critics praise her role in this film.

    • Tapioca says:

      I thought they weren’t allowed to release reviews of the film until a certain date – one paper’s critic has been banned from all future David Fincher films EVER!! for printing their (positive) opinion early.

      I think she’ll be good though – I have faith in David Fincher (except I want those 2½ hours of my life back that were stolen by Ben Button. Yawn.)

      • Mila says:

        I thought so too. But i have read yesterday on Wired i think, and they have praised her acting more than Daniel’s. And said that US version wasn’t necessary, but that the film is very good and it has same good and bad points as Swedish version. We will see, can’t wait. Btw, i like how Rooney Mara looks, she wears the dress not other way around.

  5. L says:

    You know…I’m starting to remember all of the givenchy dresses from the last 2 seasons being either hit or miss. E.g Florence from Florence and the Machine at the grammys last year. OR Cate Blanchett’s dress at the Oscars.

    I kind of feel the same about this one. Lose the cut outs and make the skirt sheer like it was on the runway and I think it would be fantastic. This is just boring bridal.

  6. normades says:

    I thought she was excellent in TSN. I guess Fincher did too.

  7. Aria says:

    Her hair is so distracting. She should dye it a lighter shade. It does nothing for her. I would love to see that dress on Dame Blanchett.

  8. Arock says:

    Stunning dress on her, would have perfered a different color. Deep rose? Smokey grey maybe?

  9. ladybert62 says:

    (1) I hate the dress
    (2) I hate the hair
    (3) I tried reading the book “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – after 150 pages I was so bored I fell asleep and then tossed the book when I woke up – I dont understand the ravings about the book – can someone please explain to me why it is so popular.

    • The Original Denise says:

      The original film version was fantastic; I grit my teeth through the subtitles (the film is Swedish), and the plot is slow in developing, but it is a unique well made mystery thriller. If you can can, get it and watch it before you see the remake. Noomi Rapace owns the role.

    • Theuth says:

      (3): I’m afraid the translation from Swedish didn’t work too well, the book itself isn’t some extraordinary story, but if you can get past over 100 pages and “enter” in the contest, it’s easy to get catched. Lisbeth is a great character, and the main story is really good.
      The movies for me were mediocre at best, save for Noomi Rapace who was incredible as Lisbeth but a little too old/strong.
      I’m waiting for Fincher rendition of the book because he is basically one of the directors who created thrillers as we know it now (Se7en, Fight Club), I don’t know who Mara is but her aspect alone is more similar to what I imagine for Lisbeth, and I want the OST XD

      • ds says:

        Swedish movies were at one point ment to be made as short series-that is the answer for most flaws; and since I did like them and support the EU film scene, with inteligent stories but not as much money and industry behind them I will skip this Hollywood stunt in movies. It’s just lame-be original for once.

      • Theuth says:

        @ds: you are right, they were made as TV movies but then got released in cinemas…and it showed. Personally speaking, I didn’t find them good, and I’m the first who speaks against unecessary Hollywood remakes; but I’m waiting because I have the feeling this may be actually an OK movie. Most of the work is on Mara’s shoulders, but she’s not the only one, and that’s were the originals failed to me – apart from a spectacular Rapace, there was NOTHING. They cut part of the side stories and actors weren’t particulary talented. I also hated the others two – all the conspirations and Libseth’s story were really boring.
        If they succeed in doing a new retelling of the book, they can make it work.

      • DeeVine says:

        I too didn’t think much of the Swedish version. They left quite a lot of details out from the book. Noomi was too old to play Lisbeth. In the book she looked 16 and weak, but is surprisingly strong. And didn’t help that I found the Swedish Blomkvist unattractive and dull (he’s supposed to be a ladies man)…and yes, they were made for TV movies that was shown in theatres, so it lacked that “movie” big screen quality.

        I actually can’t wait to see this version!

        And Rooney Mara was in the Social Network. I love how she can completely change her look for a role.

    • yournewfriend says:

      Keep reading and you’ll get over the hump. Same thing happened to me, and at about the 175/200 page mark is when things start clicking. There is a lot of detailed, descriptive writing at the beginning which will make sense and tie in later. Once you get over that hump you won’t be able to put it down.

      On another note, the original film is awesome and in my opinion the actress was the one and only Salander. It also follows the book to the T, which is unusual for movie adaptations.

  10. Redd says:

    If all the moles on my body formed a constellation I would have them removed.

  11. JYT says:

    The only thing that interests me about Mara is her freaky Svengali relationship with David Fincher. I want to know more about that.

    If she’s aiming for goth bride she missed the mark. When goth brides wear white, they make sure it looks antique, musty, cobwebby, and stinking of death, like they just dug it out of their grandmother’s grave.

  12. SEF says:

    Aren’t they filming all three movies at once? If so, she would have to keep her hair like that, I suppose.

    Wow, you have a lot of hate for her supposed lack of toil or struggle to make it in movies. Then you mention that “it took her a few years.” Just looking to find fault?

  13. Maya says:

    Is it just me, or does she look a little bit like Demi Moore on her Allure cover?

  14. Cam says:

    I just saw the free screening they had in toronto yesterday. I (and everyone i know who went) would say Rooney should be nominated for an oscar. She, Trent Reznor and David Fincher where the best things about this film. Daniel craig was okay to watch. He was kind of a mumbling little bitch in the film… But Rooney was so, so great.

  15. gg says:

    Looks like “Bombshell McGee” sans tatts.

  16. ds says:

    It will be a sad day when a remake gets a nomination

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      It’s not really a remake–it’s a different film version of the same book. In an article in EW Fincher says he did change some things from the book, but thinks it was necessary for the story. One could even argue that The Lord of the Rings was a remake, so I guess we’ve already seen that sad day.

  17. ds says:

    Looks like the remake if trailer should give any insight. It’s not like it leaves you a lot of space when doing an adaptation. If they were to focus on a political part of the story, rather than family saga then it would be new. But, ok, it’s Fincher, maybe he did do an original take on it. Still have my reasons for not supporting this film.

  18. T.C. says:

    My first thought on seeing the dress was: so Rooney Mara is getting married to David Fincher on the red carpet? Whose idea was it to dress her that way? It’s hideous. The dress is awful and looks awful on her. Her posture is as bad as Kristen Stewart’s (and Stewart’s is getting better). What’s with the ink black hair. She isn’t filming anymore there is no need to keep it that shade. Don’t even get me started on Daniel Craig and his trench coat thingie. How awkward is their first pose together? Looks like she bonded more with the director than her co-star.

  19. LondonLady says:

    OK so if you are a real fan you saw all three movies and thus do not really care about this remake. To me this woman has the most forgettable face I can ever recall seeing that was cast in a lead role for a major Hollywood film. Here today, gone tomorrow me thinks.

  20. ruby says:

    She just doesn’t interest me. She doesn’t have that spark. Her face is very bland, hate the bangs, dislike the dress. Meh.

  21. Feebee says:

    She looks like a young Sinead OConnor on the Allure cover but not in any of the others. The others are uninteresting.

    The shoulder cut outs look like the seams are busted.

    I liked the book, I liked the swedish film… I like Daniel Craig. Should I go to this version? If Ms Rapace wasn’t so brilliant as Salander would HW have made a remake? It’s a double edged sword for Mara. She owes Rapace for making it possible but if she botches the role it could be over before it begins.

  22. shontay says:

    I like her. i prefer her sister, but she’s a good actress, too. This look is doing her no favors because she’s actually attractive. I can’t hold her privilege against her, though. At least she’s acting and not coasting with a horrible reality show.

    • Jay says:

      I agree, I much rather prefer her sister Kate (and her beautiful red hair). I feel like they are trying too hard to make Rooney happen. She doesn’t really have the it factor. I also feel like any Oscar buzz is just because The Social Network didn’t sweep the awards like they thought. Didn’t it only win one major category?

  23. Debby says:

    To me, Noomi Rapace IS Salander. I feel bad for this actress, because she will always be second best, even if she’s brilliant.

  24. Cherry Rose says:

    Dress is boring. While visually, Rooney does look more like how I envisioned Lisbeth, I still think Noomi did an excellent job at playing Lisbeth.

    Even though I normally love David Fincher films, I think I’ll skip out on these remakes. No need to see them after the originals were so good.

  25. Nan says:

    I’ve just about had it with pale people in pale dresses with pale make up and pale shoes.