Review – The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Fans of any book series are lucky to see their favourite novels turn into films once in a lifetime, imagine it was announced tomorrow that the whole Harry Potter series was going to be remade from the start? Actually that could happen and I’m sure the suits at Warner Brothers are pushing for it right now. Fans of the Millennium series by Swedish author Stieg Larrson are going to be lucky enough to see two different interpretations of the books in a very short time and the good news is that Swedish filmmakers have managed to beat Hollywood to the punch. ‘The Girl Who Kicks the Hornet’s Nest’ follows on directly from ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ and sees journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) try to prove Lisbeth Salander’s (Noomi Rapace) innocence and in the process uncovers a dangerous conspiracy. ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ signals the final chapter in the Swedish made series of the Millennium trilogy and it wraps up the trilogy nicely, but does it at a painstakingly slow pace and lacks the action beats to liven up a film that moves at a snail’s pace.

Having read all of the books in the Millennium series I have a lot of respect for the well crafted mystery Stieg Larrson put together and the final film does the book justice. The story is engaging enough and the writers have done a good job of staying loyal to the books while being smart enough to leave out parts that stall the story. The price the filmmakers pay for being so loyal is that the length of the film blows out to almost two and a half hours, I don’t mind sitting through a long movie but this film can be a real drag at times and there aren’t enough action beats to keep things exciting.

Naoomi Rapace puts the finishing touches on her interpretation of Lisbeth Salander and injects the right amount of intensity and intelligence into the character. The rest of the cast fill their roles nicely with the exception of Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist who does nothing but hold the same facial expression for the whole film (and the whole bloody series!).

‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ is a good adaptation of the book and credit must go to the Swedish filmmakers and the producers for letting Stieg Larrsons’s books be turned into films in the country of their origin. Now the Swedish films are complete it’s time to see what director David Fincher can do with his take on ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ and hopefully the rest of the series.


The Popcorn Junkie