The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Girl in the Spider's Web focuses on the action elements of its source material for a less complex -- and only sporadically effective -- franchise reboot.
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as Lisbeth Salander
as Mikael Blomkvist
as Alona Casales
as Camilla Salander
as August Balder
as Milos Meer
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Critic Reviews for The Girl in the Spider's Web
There's nothing about "The Girl in the Spider's Web" that feels pressing or timely, or like we need to be revisiting the Salander character.
Lisbeth Salander has suffered a great deal. But turning her into a vehicle for overdetermined, conscienceless violence still hurts.
The sight of a person furiously pecking on a keyboard and gazing at a screen has never - and will never - raise anyone's heart rate.
The Girl in the Spider's Web, Lisbeth Salander saves the day, and she looks cool doing it. But this is a story so slick that she'd be rolling her eyes if she watched it.
Despite Lisbeth's makeover, there's still something cool, complicated and compelling about this "Girl."
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In preparation for The Girl in the Spider's Web, I decided to do my homework for once and watch all of the previous Millennium film adaptations for point of reference. I can safely say in retrospect that the franchise isn't worth watching past the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I know many out there love to fawn over David Fincher's cold and calculated lesser works, but his manic-depressive, pixie nightmare girl version of Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara) paled in comparison to Noomi Rapace's Mary Sue Manson portrayal in Niels Arden Oplev's 2009 film. If I can say anything of Claire Foy donning the titular tat, it is that she actually seems like a female action hero who is fully capable of handling herself without worrying about romantic interests or brooding on self-doubt like some Hot Topic poseur who occasionally tasers men in the balls. For a surly, bisexual cyber-terrorist, the character of Lisbeth might be better served as a bastion of female empowerment outside of the hands of exclusively male writers and directors. Fede Alvarez has managed to almost completely gloss over the fact that she is a vigilante who hurts men that hurt women. In this movie, she does that to exactly ONE man who explicitly hurt a woman, so her sororal rivalry hinges on something we are only told she's well-known for. Of course, most folks going into the film should have enough background to know that that is *specifically* her modus operandi, but if you had no context for it one might just assume that she is a goth female James Bond. And most of the movie plays out as such in all of its schlocky glory. Speaking of Daniel Craig, here is another facet of improvement over the earlier Fincher film. Instead of this being a story about how a tough, attractive journalist gets to solve a mystery that occasionally happens to include the titular Girl, this Girl is actually the centerpiece of her own movie instead of a plot convenience for a failed attempt at dissociating Craig from Bond films. While it's by no means as competently directed as Fincher's prelude - and believe me there are so many dumb moments in this - it manages to stay stylish and action packed enough to keep you from yawning by the very fact that you will be scoffing constantly, a feat that the two Swedish sequels couldn't come close to accomplishing. And my ears will rest easy not having to suffer through another atrocious industrial Led Zeppelin cover.
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