The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
When we last left Lisbeth Salander, she had faced down her father and half-brother – the former an empty-souled gangster and the latter a gigantic, remorseless, and compassionless enforcer – for a little family discussion that left everybody bloodied and scarred but somehow still alive. As shown in Daniel Alfredson’s concluding film of the Stieg Larsson mystery trilogy, the whole clan are not only tough to kill but sticklers for grudges and the enactment of revenge. It takes a bit for the plot’s motor to sputter into life, but once it does, the spirit of relentless justice (for better or for worse) makes for a far more satisfying piece of work than Alfredson’s dire, uninvolving film of the previous book, The Girl Who Played with Fire…
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest opens in limited release today. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.