The third part – „The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest“ was the most exciting to watch. Not only because of all this tension you could feel from the very first seconds of the films, but also because you knew THIS IS IT. The story has come to an end and you‘ll finally get the answers to all of the questions. And this time it is for real. How do we now that? It‘s because Lisbeth‘s story is finally being written and published. Mikael (the super journalist) takes care of it. The truth is finally revealed. The truth and all the secrets, even those whose existence was unknown to us. This part for me, is also the most mystyrious one.
In this part we once again face new characters. But this time these characters are new to Lisbeth and extremely significant for her life, because they are responsible for what her life was turned into. So the story tangles up even more. It‘s crazy. Sure, it have been tangled up even more if „setting people up with something“ would have worked better. Then maybe Mikael would have gotten to jail for having drugs and lots of money at his place.
I loved how Lisbeth was played in this part. She was as weak and vulnerable as never. Or at least she pretended to be so. She was silent. Yet, her non-expresive face told us somuch more than dialogues or monologues could. But at the same time as remaining silent Lisbeth is forced to be open and tell everything about her past (by writing her own autobiography), she has to face her past publicly and personally, her traumatic past. This is quite interesting, this duality of not speaking, but saying everything. I think it‘s the highest level of art to speek while being speechless. I suppose it‘s not as easy as it seems. But hey, Lisbeth wasn‘t the one who had to face her past and its consequences. The exact same thing happened to her father and many others characters. It‘s always oh so fun to watch judgement day scenes.
I must mention that Lisbeth was not the only silent character in this film. Niederman‘s (Lisbeth‘s brother) character remained silent throughout the film too. And it‘s fascinanting, because he didn‘t even had to. Silence said more, his facial expressions said more, his look said so much more that words could ever do.
I loved how it was shown that people chose Lisbeth‘s side (her doctor even tried show her attention). I mean in this case people chose the outlaw of society, the one who usually is left aside without support or help. This time it was quite the opposite. And it was great, because everybody has the right to be protected and defended. This film is also a great example… well, maybe not example, maybe illustration that politicians have very dark secrets. And this can be said about every country and its politicians. Politics, in general, is a quite dark field, a dirty game of a big people. And I also loved Lisbeth‘s entrance in court. That was wild 🙂
However, this film lasted way too long. It was hard to keep yourself alert and watch. Some of the scenes could have lasted way shorter. Although, even in this case there was some missing parts from the book. Like Erika‘s quiting Millenium and hiring at new job plotline is missing, which in the book developed quite nicely.
My attention to details this time also caught something to mention. It was too obvious that the actor who played Lisbeth‘s dad (who was claimed to be old) did not look old and wore a make – up. And as a character whose face was lit up on fire he also looked too good.
The ending of the film was pleasant and disappointing. Pleasant, because things turned out great. Disappointing, because the situation between Lisbeth and Mikael left questionable: is it over between them, or there could happen something. You get the feeling that there might be another part of the film in the future. Maybe. Who knows?