Of the film adaptations of Stieg Larrson's Millennium Trilogy, this finale is definitely my favorite. Finally, all the pieces of the mystery/conspiracy come together in a totally satisfying, although predictable way. This third film isn't nearly as suspenseful as the first two, but the emotional closure we get as we discover how Lisbeth Salander overcomes her past and the people who have abused her more than makes up for it. As someone who came to this series a little disappointed by how overhyped and formulaic the first film was, I've been pleasantly surprised with how much more character-driven the follow-ups have been. Noomi Rapace is just perfect as Lisbeth. I don't look forward to seeing the American remakes of these films as there is no way that a new group of actors would be able to inhabit these roles as beautifully as done here.
Seeing as the American remake of the international blockbuster “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in the horizon, I figured I should finish my coverage for the films based on Stieg Larsson’s Swedish thriller called the “Millennium Trilogy”. The first film was quite good and raw and while I wasn’t too impressed with the second part of the trilogy “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, I have to say that director Daniel Alfredson had finally found his flow … more
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST Written by Jonas Frykberg Directed by Daniel Alfredson Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist If there is one girl out there who just keeps getting herself into more and more trouble, it is Lisbeth Salander. First she goes and gets a great big dragon tattoo on her back and then, despite many lessons to the contrary, she goes and plays with some fire. Now, I know Lisbeth … more
I'll leave it to the social philosophers of the NY Times to tell us what this movie means (and they have,) I just thought it was a pretty good way to spend Friday night. Here's what I liked: the masterminds are all geriatrics. When was the last time you've seen an 80 year old hit man? It's more a police procedural than a an action flick, and after the bloody business of The Girl Who Played with Fire that came as a blessed relief. Justice prevails and redemption follows. I saw the movie in Seattle, … more