DIR: Daniel Alfredson • WRI: Ulf Ryberg • PRO: Søren Stærmose • DOP: Peter Mokrosinski • ED: Håkan Karlsson • CAST: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
Having never read the book, I had looked forward to enjoying these much talked about films. Sweden has done great things for us in the past, from the awesome ’90s band the Cardigans; to its renowned meatballs; to Ikea… but unfortunately The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is not quite such a gift.
In anticipation of my mid-morning press screening, I had enjoyed the first of the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the evening before. Not terribly blown away but having enjoyed it nonetheless, I did what every reviewer should not do, and went in to this screening expecting the same. I was disappointed, not Star Wars disappointed, but even so, I had expected more.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third and final film adaptation of the Millennium Trilogy of books by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It concludes the story of the moody and heavily tattooed hacker, Lisbeth Salander, as her ex, Mikael Blomkvist, dredges up her past to try and save her future.
Mikael along with his ‘crack’ team of reporters and his sister must prove her innocent of the attempted murder of her father, all the while some old Swedish men try and cover the whole thing up and a creepy blonde man goes around attacking people.
The entire film lacks pace, rests far too heavily on dialogue, and the only half-decent action sequence feels unnaturally tacked on as an afterthought. The characters are either unlikeable or dull, with very little chemistry or even interesting interaction between the leads.
Hopefully all the kinks will be worked out with the series by the time the David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits the big screens in December 2011, as the overall plot has both genuine substance and gripping subject matter – it’s really just the delivery that lets it down.
Rated 16 (see IFCO website for details)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is released on 26th November 2010