October 29, 2010, - 5:01 pm
It’s a movie rental weekend at the box office. This week’s only new release, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” is a sequel. It is the end which ties up all loose ends in the first two installments,“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (read my review) and “The Girl Who Played With Fire” (read my review). All three movies are based on novels by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, focusing on goth, renegade techie, Lisbeth Salander, played by actress Noomi Rapace. This one, like the other two, is also in Swedish with English subtitles and is playing mostly at arthouse theaters.
Like the other two movies, this was long and slow. And it lacked the thrill and excitement of the other two. It was boring. Plus, you really need to have seen the first two to understand what is going on . . . or to care. As you may know from my reviews of the first two movies, I didn’t care for them. What could have been great thrillers were spoiled by brutally graphic rape, torture, and lesbian sex scenes. It really wasn’t necessary.
And this one was just dull. At nearly 2.5 hours, I had to watch it in parts. Too long–and it definitely felt that way. They could have shaved an hour off of this and no-one would notice. Like I said, if you haven’t seen the first two, don’t bother with this one. You won’t get it. Plus, Rapace’s sullen act as Lisbeth gets old. Very old. Next. Still, I gave this movie a better review than the first two because it is less graphically disgusting. In fact, it basically has none of that, which made it considerably less a piece of garbage.
All of these movies are going to be remade in English, starring Rooney Mara in the Salander role. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood makes a graphic, long series of movies even worse.
Watch the trailer . . .
Tags: movie, Movie Reviews, Noomi Rapace, Rooney Mara, Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest