The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest is the anticipated final chapter in the Millennium Trilogy, and would have to be one of my most anticipated DVD releases of the year, more so because I missed it at the cinemas, and had to wait that much longer to finally see it! During my wait however, all I heard from other reviewers was how disappointing it was, how it didn’t live up to expectations.
What total and utter bollocks.
The film kicks off right after the ending of The Girl Who Played With Fire, with Lisbeth fighting for her life and having to undergo surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her brain. Lisbeth’s half brother, the blond giant is on the run and her father is recovering from an axe to the head.
The dark forces are gathering to discredit or silence Lisbeth and lone crusader Mikael Blomkvist is in overdrive as he pours his life – and his magazine – into proving her innocence.
And this is where many of the films criticisms may stem from – and this could be considered slight spoiler country – Lisbeth doesn’t have the lead role in the film per say, not like she has in previous films. In fact, she’s left in a very uncomfortable place where she is reliant on others rather than being bale to rest on her own abilities. In fact the threat of brain damage and permanent disability are scarily real for her.
The thing that keeps Hornets’ Nest pumping along is many fold – for one you really want to know how the trilogy is going to wrap up, but Daniel Alfredson’s take on Stieg Larsson’s story doesn’t give you any clues. This isn’t you usual, predictable Hollowood whitewash, you’re open to the realisation that just about anything could happen. With Lisbeth in hospital with the police waiting to take her into custody, and the blond giant an ever present threat to Lisbeth and everyone she knows, Hornets’s Nest really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The film moves along at a cracking pace and manages to wrap up all the loose ends that you care about, ending in a manner that has some reviewers confused and wanting to be spoon fed a different ending, but one that fans of the Millennium Trilogy will totally understand and come away fulfilled.
That is, of course, fans of the film series. Now that I’ve seen the final film, the book that has been sitting on my bookshelf will now be devoured as I know it will tell a much more expanded version, that will not diminish the film, but complete it’s firm foundation.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read