The Girl Who Played with Fire Movie Review

The Girl Who Played with Fire Movie Review


"The Girl Who Played With Fire", is a bestseller and part of the deceased Swedish author, Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy. His signature style was to mix a sort of super reality with plain old junk fiction. That’s what makes his books the ones that you just can’t put down.

Larsson sets this book in wintery Stockholm, in a super-realistic Scandinavian landscape. His description is such that you can feel the cold in your bones. Larsson feeds social inequity into every corner of the film and it lurks within every scene. Dark has never been as dark as Larsson’s dark.

This is the movie sequel to the first book in Larsson’s trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s a Swedish film and will open on a limited basis in the United States. Writer, Jonas Frykberg, and director Daniel Alfredson deserve kudos for the quality of this film and their ability to reinvent a story this huge to fit the screen. Pater Mokrosinksi deserves much credit for his cinematography as does Jacob Groth for the music in the film.

There are two heroes in the upcoming movie who must chase the movies cast of bad guys including a spy, a killer and a rapist. A year has passed since the action in the first movie. The good guys in the film, Lisbeth Salander, who is the girl in the tile, and who is played by Noomi Rapace, and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, played by Michael Nyqvist, are no longer working together. Lisbeth is a bisexual computer hacker with lots of tattoos and piercings and is of an anti-social, moody bent. She has been brought up by a legal guardian whose hobby it was to beat and molest her until she finally was old enough to do the same to him. At the story’s beginning, she has helped Mikael solve a case that was forty years old and has helped him improve his journalistic reputation. She now finds herself, to her shock, in love with an older man. She has cut all ties with the magazine she worked for, Millennium.

Suddenly, right before the publication of an article about the trafficking of sex in Sweden, the authors of the piece are found dead. Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the gun that did it and the gun belongs to her abusive guardian. He, too, is soon found dead. Mikael soon comes to her rescue in that he plans to prove her innocence.

Lisbeth has proven to be one of the most interesting characters in all of crime fiction; her character is original and exciting. She has all sorts of amazing skills from a photographic memory to those hacking skills and is fearless, no matter who confronts her. Noomi Rapace is amazing in the part of Lisbeth. She is cold and bloodless, radiating hatred when a bad guy comes near. She moves like a tiger. Nyqvist is a little less original and more of an earnest character. His kindness shines through as well as his tenacity.

Just as in the first film, the bad guys are a man and his son, both villainous and almost identically full of a superman type of strength. The movie titles, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire are both must see movie titles.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is a “watch it three times” kind of film that can only touch the surface of Stieg Larsson’s amazing novel.


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