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I jumped on the bandwagon for the Millennium trilogy a bit later than everyone else. I didn't even get around to seeing the first two films until the middle of October 2010, but once I did I was completely hooked. I had to see how this brilliant trilogy would end and that's where The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest comes in.
The film is mostly a game of tug of war between the older men who have come out of retirement in The Section and the writers who are risking everything by posting a story that puts them in harm's way at Millennium magazine with Lisbeth's disturbing past tangled up in the entire thing. The greatest element these films share is the fact that they introduced the world to how fantastic Noomi Rapace really is. Her presence alone is so mesmerizing it almost seems like a bonus that The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is superbly written, as well.
What's strange is the film spends most of its duration discussing the ins and outs of the law and the rest of its time in the court room yet still manages to not only keep your interest, but also be incredibly engaging. Maybe it's because everything comes together from the first two films or that even during its slower moments, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest features fascinating events like the loudest and most unexpected breaking window ever, qualified and intellectual individuals being into kiddie porn, and ingenious use of a nail gun. The Millennium trilogy offers a compelling cast and an intriguing story that is emotional at times, brutal at others, and vengeful in between. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is both a fitting end and the cap on a brilliant franchise.
The only downside to the last two films in the Millennium trilogy is that they don't feature the chemistry between Blomkvist and Lisbeth like it does in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's mostly due to the two characters being split up nearly the entire duration of both sequels and (according to other sources) that's the way it was in the books, but still it only makes you wonder. If another film was made featuring these two characters teaming up again and spending most of the film on-screen together yet strayed away from the novels, would it be as good as the original film? Probably not since it doesn't have a solid novel to fall back on, but fans can dream.
As spectacular as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the last scene felt a bit abrupt like there should have been more of an emotional exchange between Lisbeth and Blomkvist. It made it seem like everything was resolved other than the relationship between these two central characters. Maybe it was done on purpose to leave room for them to return for potential sequels. I didn't read the books, but maybe director Daniel Alfredson was just trying to stay as close to the source material as possible. Nevertheless, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is an extremely well written and enthralling finale that lives up to the rest of the Millennium trilogy while tying up all the loose ends, but like its predecessor falls shot of being as powerful and enjoyable as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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