December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 6, 2011

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Sweden 2009))

When it's over, this film was a satisfying end to a very exciting trilogy.  This 3rd installment focused mainly on Lisbeth - her haunting past, her recovery after taking a bullet to the head, and her trial.  Even though Lisbeth, played brillantly by Noomi Rapace, was still tough as nails in this film, I got to see a more sensitive side to her, a side that was willing to ask for help and accept help.  In the first two films, she managed to get out of trouble by resorting to her own methods either through violence or a click on her handy laptop.  In Hornet's Nest, she realizes she's no match all alone with corrupt politicians, and ultimately it's with the help of her loyal friend, Mikael Blomkvist and her lawyer, Blomkvist's sister, that saves her and helps her earn her freedom.  Having read the book prior to seeing the film, I thought the film version actually made the story better by simplifying the political storylines.  Also, I thought the producers did a faithful job in keeping the movie in line with the novel, and I hope Hollywood will do the same.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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