The Girl in the Spider's Web Reviews
Nothing in this movie is outstanding. The actress has no appeal, sexual or acting, to talk about (she actually smiles when finally pointing gun at her own sister. Humans must be always happy before shooting their siblings). Not recommend to anyone.
By the way, AMC theaters are becoming restaurants now. Movie experience is dead. Netflix rule.
For a surly, bisexual cyber-terrorist, the character of Lisbeth might be better served as a bastion of female empowerment outside of the hands of exclusively male writers and directors. Fede Alvarez has managed to almost completely gloss over the fact that she is a vigilante who hurts men that hurt women. In this movie, she does that to exactly ONE man who explicitly hurt a woman, so her sororal rivalry hinges on something we are only told she's well-known for. Of course, most folks going into the film should have enough background to know that that is *specifically* her modus operandi, but if you had no context for it one might just assume that she is a goth female James Bond. And most of the movie plays out as such in all of its schlocky glory.
Speaking of Daniel Craig, here is another facet of improvement over the earlier Fincher film. Instead of this being a story about how a tough, attractive journalist gets to solve a mystery that occasionally happens to include the titular Girl, this Girl is actually the centerpiece of her own movie instead of a plot convenience for a failed attempt at dissociating Craig from Bond films. While it's by no means as competently directed as Fincher's prelude - and believe me there are so many dumb moments in this - it manages to stay stylish and action packed enough to keep you from yawning by the very fact that you will be scoffing constantly, a feat that the two Swedish sequels couldn't come close to accomplishing.
And my ears will rest easy not having to suffer through another atrocious industrial Led Zeppelin cover.