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Variety states that Millennium fans will be disappointed with ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ in new review

With its screening at Rome Film Fest earlier this week, the first reviews are being released for the upcoming film The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and it’s not looking too great.

Variety’s review in particular compares the film to the Swedish ones before it, concluding that fans of Lisbeth Salander and the Millennium series will be disappointed in the film. It seems that everything we love about Lisbeth Salander (the fact that she seeks justice after her own suffering) is long gone, and instead the film has been turned into a typical American action flick.

The review says:

[…] did the producers really need to shift it into a commonplace cross between a superhero flick and James Bond? David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” tried hard to balance the Swedish films’ sensitivity to protagonist Lisbeth Salander’s severe psychological trauma with broad box office appeal, but “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” — based on the novel by Larsson’s successor David Lagercrantz — is more vested in fiery external explosions than internal pain, reducing Salander to a quirky Batgirl-like figure, soft-pedaling her feminism, practically eliminating her queerness, and tossing in an American so the U.S. can save the world. 

And concludes that:

Presumably this is the way the remaining films of the franchise will play out, with Salander just another superhero with a stuck-on psychological profile rather than a three-dimensional young woman dealing with severe trauma, trying to seek justice in a world stacked against her. How sadly ironic that in the midst of the #MeToo moment, one of recent fiction’s most iconic characters in the fight against sexual abuse gets turned into just another male fantasy action figure.

Further more, the character of Mikael Blomkvist is described as bland and forgettable. Overall, it’s not looking too positive for the film.

You can read the full review here and watch the trailer below. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.