Thanks to Sony Pictures for the chance to see ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is here. The series has been rebooted again following its predecessor, the 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Millennium series.

In The Girl in the Spider’s Web Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is a genius computer hacker. She is hired to steal a highly dangerous computer software from the American Government but discovers the software is wanted by a criminal corporation known as, The Spiders. Out of desperation Lisbeth ensues the help of her old flame, journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

The film lacks the subtleties of the books and instead follows the well worn path of hero and villain – this is where the film comes undone. What made David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so intriguing was its slow pace, which allowed audiences to gain an understanding of the characters Lisbeth and Mikeal and the way their environment informed their decisions. The provocative and violent themes of the 2011 film and books, showed the underbelly of crime and violence within Swedish society. Although uncomfortable and confronting for the viewer they were vital to the grittiness of the series.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web plot doesn’t explore any aspects from the original series which made the character of Lisbeth so unique and interesting. Instead, the film paints Lisbeth as a Jason Bourne type action hero, just making her a punk with a never changing cranky expression. The film doesn’t tap into Lisbeth’s feelings of isolation and how her past traumas affect her everyday relationships. Further, the films action “CIA plot” feels out of place within this universe.

Claire Foy does a convincing job as Lisbeth Salander. Director Fede Alvarez has succeeded in making a fast paced, action film. With a 43 million dollar budget (half of the previous film) it is hard to compare Spider’s Web to its predecessor.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web plays in too safe. It does not have the dark and subversive feel created by the books, but instead feels like an average action thriller.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web – In Cinemas 8 November 2018

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