The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ★★½

I’m glad Fincher only made the first one. While originally I think I enjoyed this film on the first watch, I struggled to care this time. Lisbeth is an enigma of a character. We don’t always understand her but care about her. We don’t want her to be punished for her actions and we don’t care for her excessive punishment toward other men but we do understand why. We understood from the first film without even knowing her tragic backstory. We understand it. This one wants to be us over the head with her story and stretch it out but I don’t think it’s needed. I read the first book and liked it. I had every intention of reading the others but I never did. I’m sure a lot of this is in the book but the court room angle does flow with the rebel nature we’ve known to like. It’s kind of slow and boring. Poor Mikel gets even less to do in this one than the first one. They hardly get any scenes together. That’s the real bummer.