Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web

November 09, 2018 1 min read

Lisbeth Salander should not be a superheroine. While the character is resourceful and strong, physically, mentally, and morally, The Girl in the Spider's Web turned her into some sort of action movie secret agent-type. As satisfying as it may be to see Lisbeth take down abusive and violent men, this movie isn't about how her investigating and manipulating skills are put to use, but rather her ability to beat up and tase random, faceless henchmen.

I thought that I was removed enough from David Fincher's 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation to view this semi-sequel, semi-reboot with fresh eyes, as I haven't seen the Fincher film in full for years. Yet as this thriller transitioned from one rushed scene to the next, I found myself missing that director's approach. I have much admiration for Fede Álvarez, even if he works in a genre that I'm not particular too. While his work on Evil Dead and Don't Breathe displayed passion, I couldn't see it in Spider's Web, and what resulted was a fairly average (but still good-looking) action movie.

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