This was probably my least favourite of the Millennium trilogy of films. Perhaps because it was less ‘action-packed’ and less thrilling that the previous two. It was slower and partly a courtroom drama, which made me slightly bored and disinterested. I don’t have much more to say about it except that it’s a good movie and a nice way to round off the trilogy.
Marginally better than the second, but still nowhere near the first. It's kind of like Hannibal Lecter, the story behind the mystery isn't as intriguing as what your own imagination can conjure up. Also it seems lazy to have another government bureaucrat who's a total pervert and gets shot down through his own stupidity.
Sadly, it's a case of diminishing returns. I fell in love with the first film, the second film was weaker, but still good, and this one was a slightly hard to watch. It's way too long. Lisbeth is hospitalized for most of the movie. Without her it's just some stupid mystery/court procedural. And to be honest, the court procedural was the best part of the film, but we didn't get that until we were 2 hours in.
Can't help but think how much better Fincher will make these films but this was a decent movie that drags at times. At least they wrapped it up nicely, even if it did happen exactly how I thought it would. The mystery around Salander's character was why the story was so compelling, when they spelled it all out they lost a big chunk of what made it interesting in the first place. Very meh movie.
This film clearly expects the viewer to have both seen the first two films and read the Millenium trilogy on which they were based. I actually have, but the story that they attempt to jam into this lengthy film feels both too long and overly rushed, and I didn't feel a strong emotional connection to the characters as they were depicted on the screen. Rapace's compelling Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has but a shadow of her former charisma, and it isn't enough to carry the film.
Most say this is the weakest of the three. I beg to differ. I find it to be almost as good as the first but in completely different ways. This time, Alfredson seems to have found a new-found confidence in his craft giving us a challenging, unforgiving, and absorbing straight-up thriller that boasts numerous subplots that are fortunately tied up by the time the impressive courtroom scene climax is reached. Pacing is good and Rapace delivers once again.
The third film in the trilogy really pulls it all together and actually retroactively improves the first two movies. I wasn't entirely sold on the plot until this one, where you get some kick-ass courtroom drama (which I love) and it's still a better thriller than the last. It feels a little rushed, but it's still good enough that I think I need to read the books now, so make of that what you will. Score is not a grade.
What I like about the first movie/book is its small scope. While this is a trilogy, the first works as a story in and of itself, even if it's a typical whodunnit murder mystery. The last two movies, which can be seen as Part 1 and Part 2 of a second story, iron out the mystery of Salander's character and expand the scope of the (implausible) conflict greatly. Unfortunately, when Salander's life-story and subsequent government coverup are revealed my interest died almost immediately.