Friday, January 28, 2011

Under 250: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

I'd been suitably impressed with the first adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Though I'll state once again for the record that I loathe the books themselves with a fiery passion, the film worked.  With part two: Girl who Played with Fire, I found myself bored and disappointed.  It was more of the same, and seemed to drop the plot points I had been most intrigued with in the first go.  When it came time for the third and final chapter, I honestly wasn't really looking forward to it.  I figured it would be another drawn out two and a half hours of repetitive intrigue.  In some ways, it was.  This time around, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is trapped in the hospital while intrepid journalist Mikael Blomkvist works on blowing the lid off of the conspiracy behind Lisbeth's troubles and covering his ass.  While the story, as per usual, could stand a bit of a trim and a good shove in the right direction, the film is a solid enough thriller with a mechanism more complicated than your standard American affair.  Rapace remains cooly magnetic, appearing larger than life in spite of the pint sized stature of her character.  The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is propelled by a need for justice, and it's that want to see things wrapped up to resolution that will push tired viewers through its perhaps too-long runtime.  It's good, but I can honestly say I'm glad this trilogy is through...

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