The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lisbeth Salander (said girl who kicked said hornetís nest) is laid up in the hospital, recovering from injuries and waiting for a trial of three murders sheís accused of committing. Journalist Mikael and his crack team of researchers of Millenium magazine, strive to help Lisbeth with her innocence, but will also need her cooperation in bringing down a bevy of corrupt officials and shady doctors.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Right off the hop, I have to say this was difficult for me to review. Iím generally a ďbook before movieĒ kind of guy and when the opportunity to review this came up, I didnít have enough time to read any of the books or watch the two preceding movies (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire). That said, while watching the movie (the final installment in a trilogy), I couldnít help but shake the feeling that I was missing an incredible amount of back story to the Lisbeth character. Though I was able to follow along easily enough, connect the dots between the main character and her nemesisí and comrades, it really was like watching Return of the King or Return of the Jedi first before seeing the other movies in the trilogy. And that presents a bit of a challenge because at this point in the whole arc of the story, I havenít been there. It would be one thing to take this journey with the character from beginning to end, but when you jump in at the last third of the arc, you donít have that attachment to the character that it deserves. What they have to win or lose isn't necessary lost on you, it just doesn't matter.
Stipulations aside, I enjoyed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetís Nest for the most part. I like the shadowy secret society/government ďThe SectionĒ that seemingly has its fists in many different pies of the Swedish infrastructure (except pizza joints). Iím a fan of reading conspiracies and how secret societies have navigated their way into governments and thrived, and to see how The Section is pulling people out of retirement, sacrificing key members, and scrambling like rats in a maze to silence and/or f*ck over a single person who can bring the whole thing down is really quite entertaining for me.
Naoomi Rapace , who plays the titular character, has a quiet confidence and commands the attention of the viewer (and not because of her mohawk). Playing a character thatís been screwed over both figuratively and literally by people sheís supposed to trust canít be easy, but Rapace makes it look that way. She doesnít say much, and she doesnít have to but when she does, it comes off cold and distant. Thatís what rape and molestation will do to a person (I read that on a bumper sticker). The other cats involved also contribute to Hornetís goodness, including Mikael the Millenium magazine journalist who often times puts himself and his staff in harmís way to prove Lisbethís innocence. Lisbethís half brother, whoís out to silence her on his own, brings fear and dread to her character in almost a Anton Chigurh kind of way, as heís the force of unrelenting violence with a goal in mind. He also could very well be the brother of Fargoís Gaear Grismund (Peter Stormare). You know, giant, blond Germans.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetís Nest is a great story that, in my opinion, requires either the viewing of or the reading of The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, its predecessors. Hornetís nest offers some decent action scenes, conspiracies, and a nice looking lady with a dragon tattooÖ..who played with fire. The runtime is its biggest detractor clocking in at over two hours, and I thought the movie couldíve shaved off at least 20 minutes to keep the pace steady. But then again, Iím not a director. Sorry mom.