Ok, but not the high-point of the series.
- The Girl in the Spider's Web review by Schrödinger's Cake
I enjoyed the previous films, so hoped for more of the same with this one. However, whilst it started out really well, it went downhill in the second half, and quickly began to feel silly and unbelievable. Ok, but not the high-point of the series.
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Lame and laughable
- The Girl in the Spider's Web review by Alphaville
Lisbeth Salander has become a female icon, but this latest film in the franchise, with yet another different actress, fails to convince. Clare Foy makes a good fist of it but can’t quite reach the level of brooding intensity required for the character. The main problem, however, is the plot. Salander has evolved into a superwoman with unbelievable IT and escape abilities, to say nothing of clairvoyance. In the opening scene, for example, her rapist victim obligingly stands on the exact spot where she has placed a lasso on the floor to hoist him up by his feet. And if you think that’s contrived, wait till you see the ridiculous climax, like something out of Johnny English Strikes Again.
What Hitchcock used to call the McGuffin that everyone is after to fuel the plot is in this case top-secret software, but who cares? The film is moody and downbeat, dampening scenes that should be exciting. The incessant Tom & Jerry orchestral score is even more wearing, matching every action. Even walking across a room seems to require the string section to scratch away forebodingly.
Perhaps it all worked better in the book.
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