MICRO-REVIEW: The Girl in the Spider's Web

Lots of action but nothing reminiscent of the original's brilliance.

Mar 9, 2019
Dimitris Passas

It is really sad to see such a hugely successful series as Millenium to be mangled by movie writers and directors. I loved the two novels written by David Lagercrantz (The Girl in the Spider's Web, The Girl Who Took An Eye For An Eye) which continued the initial Millenium trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson, but this adaptation does a truly poor job in transmitting the thrilling atmosphere of the novel, even though it retains some of the book's central plotline themes. The protagonist Claire Foy delivers a performance which is not bad but seems to be mediocre, at least, when compared with that of Noomi Rapace or even Rooney Mara's in David Fincher's American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The other characters, like Mikael Blomkvist or Erika Berger, seem almost alien to a fan of the book series while the pace of the story is uneven and the script seems to suffer in cohesion and escalation rhythm. The result is a b-movie quality film that falls short of the previous Swedish productions of the three first novels. The hardcore fans of the novels and those films will be disappointed or even angry at this disgraceful attempt of bringing legendary characters like Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist on the silver screen.


The Girl in the Spider's Web
Fede Alvarez
115 min

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