The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Lisbeth is plotting her own revenge against the people who put her in this situation.
This is a third in the trilogy of Steig Larrson’s books. Lamentably, Larrson died several years ago. The first one was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the second is The Girl who Played with Fire, and the third is The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. And after you see all three of them you actually understand why they are called what they are called. For the first one we just needed to identify her as a kind of outcast in society and that’s “the girl with the dragon tattoo”. The second one is the girl who played with fire who takes on her father and the title actually has a huge amount of significance. The third and last of the trilogy is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and the girl battles with a very tight knit group of people who could sting her. This is probably the most violent but it brings everything full circle. It’s very well done even on its own, but if you’ve seen the other two it really does a terrific job tying up all the loose ends and answering all the questions. The two leads, Elizabeth and Michael are still wonderful. It starts out with the woman being in the hospital, near death, and her father is another room. She’s being charged with attempted murder of her father. We know that things are not exactly what they seem. “The Millennium” is the muckraker of a publication that investigates corruption wherever they find it. I don’t know much about Swedish politics but we tend to think of the Swiss as relatively sort of benign people, which of course they are not and happen to have a very violent history. But all of that aside this is a movie with lots of twists and turns. It is really violent. As I said all three of them have been. Having said that, this is one of the best trilogies you’ll probably ever get a chance to see. I’d give it five stars except for the violence, which is really stomach turning a lot of the time. It makes some sense but it’s not gratuitous. So I gave it four and a half stars.