The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (2009)
Written by Ulf Reyberg, Steig Larsson (book)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
Picking up very shortly after The Girl Who Played with Fire, this movie follows the trial of Lisbeth Salander as well as the conspiracy surrounding her father.
the first one was best, but this was pretty good. i feel as if the middle one was not able to stand on it's own. this one, though like the second one, had more meat to it. good.
This is a more solid entry in the arc than the middle one. In discussing it afterwards (so don't be surprised if you're reading this part twice), we agreed that one of the larger failures of the second installment was that it didn't stand very well on its own. However, neither comes close to Dragon Tattoo.
This film does a great job of continuing the story while subtly providing enough background and slippstreamed exposition to orient new viewers. It also finds a good middle ground between the stock action/drama of Fire and the slow, dark tension of Tattoo. Things progress deliberately. Tension rides a good rollercoaster, and the conclusion is satisfying and unforced. It's great to finally see the great lengths of preparation and care taken by the "good" principals yield the effects desired by the characters.
Again, this is Rapace's movie to rock and she just comes off effortless in her craft. She's supported by great actors on both sides of the conflict, with the creepier bad guys getting time to exist within their own spaces. It's still a shame that we don't get a lot of screen time between Lisbeth and Mikke, but it makes a lot more sense to the plot this time, and not merely due to her incarceration.
On screen and off, everybody works together to a single purpose which is well-realized. While one might argue that the filmmakers' chief goal was to see how many times they could make the characters say "Lisbeth Salander," this probably isn't the case. Nevertheless it's excused by the overall quality of the outing.