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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

by

Jeff Nelson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest isn't the strongest in the trilogy, but gives this excellent trio a satisfying ending.

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We have officially arrived at the final entry in the trilogy. The way that the final part of the series is always critical. It's always important to go out with a bang. When the last film is poor, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the viewer for the franchise. An unsatisfying conclusion to a story is never welcome. Fans of this trio of films always want the finale to end on a high note. Between the sequel and the original, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo proved to be more successful. However, The Girl Who Played with Fire was still good. Does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest end the trilogy well?

Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander finds herself hospitalized, suspected of murder, and targeted for death by thugs. Meanwhile, Lisbeth's journalist friend, Mikael Blomkvist, goes on a mission to prove her innocence. Most of the film focuses on the court case for Lisbeth. The group of thugs hunt Salander as she prepares for court and tries to ensure her freedom. Those who aren't interested in law may find this entry to be a bit dull. The script is a bit messy compared to the past two films. The dialogue isn't as well written as I expected it to be. Even though the plot continues to follow Lisbeth, I don't feel that I got the same class of character development as before. She's in the hospital in the beginning of the movie and then locked up in prison. Viewers don't get to see her in actions as much as before due to her being off the streets. There are quite a few references back to what happened in the previous movies. The rape scene of Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is revisited in the courtroom. The theme of female suffering is back, but Lisbeth refuses to be knocked down. She continues to stand back up. Lisbeth is an empowering female role that audiences will enjoy continuing to follow. While this doesn't defeat the screenplay seen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, it's worthy as the end to the trilogy.

As Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander return, so do the actors that portray them. Both Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace came back with impressive performances yet again. Through each of the three films, Noomi Rapace has stolen the show. Not only is her character engrossing, but she captures the role so well. Rapace makes the character her own and feels so natural in doing so. Lena Endre does a good job as Erika Berger. Each of the supporting actors bring their characters to life. Even in the more subtle moments of the film, Noomi Rapace still carries out the strongest execution. There aren't any poor performance to be seen.

The director of The Girl Who Played with Fire, Daniel Alfredson, has come back for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The gloomy atmosphere seen in the previous two films has carried over to the finale. The tone is consistent throughout the triad of films. The violence isn't watered down and shows everything as is without sugar coating. The camera successfully captures Lisbeth Salander's character by capitalizing on her emotions and reactions. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is consistent with the first two films in the trilogy.

With this being the final film, the fans are sure to see it no matter what. This movie takes a bit of a different approach to the story. Instead of placing a large number of action scenes, the film focuses on finishing the story. The unraveling of the plot fits the style of the past two movies. Quite a few people seem to dislike this film, but I enjoyed it. It doesn't move along as quickly as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or The Girl Who Played with Fire, but it's never boring. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest isn't the strongest in the trilogy, but gives this excellent trio a satisfying ending.

My Rating = Three Stars

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