Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund
Since the Swedish-made adaptations of Stieg Larsson's “Millenium” books have largely succeeded in dodging the typical franchise tropes, those who've been following the trilogy should have known it wouldn't go out with a blockbuster-style bang. But did it have to go out with such a whimper? High off the enticing introductions and fierce attitude of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and the sustained vigor and raised stakes of “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” viewers walking into returning director Daniel Alfredson's “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest” are in for a major buzzkill. Like its predecessors, this third and final chapter of the saga of Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is never short on intelligence; however, it's long on tedium and pace-slowing chatter, and it makes the grave mistake of consistently tucking away its greatest commodity.