The Girl who played with Fire – Millennium 2

The Girl Who Played with Fire (film)
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Millennium second appearance on big screen, “The Girl who Played with Fire ” does not cause the same impact as the first one, “The Girl who the dragon Tattoo”, unfortunately. Using the very same actors, who have delivered good transpositions for the roles of Bloomkvist and Salander, Director Daniel Alfredson have made good choices about what to show from the 600 pages of Stieg Larsson’s book. The mess of the book, with its enormous amount of secondary roles, ws cleaned up. This was for the benefit of the film, although even some important characters were reduced to the very least. The appearance of Dag and Mia, for instance, the couple that triggers the crucial events of this part, was reduced to last less then two minutes! But a more severe mistake was made with the role of Zala. In the book, this character can be identified as Leviathan himself, the incorporation of the Apocalypse. In the film, we see a deceiving simulacrum of a bad guy… There are also too many mistakes in the rithym. To use an expression from “Be kind,,rewind”, but of course with another meaning, this second part is too much “swedish” . I explain: So much is being said recently about the American remake of the first movie, most of it criticizing the fact, myself included. Hollywood tends to deliver a “less dense” film, more oriented to action as it would be adequate, losing the focus on the manifesto against violence on women and most probably also loosing the awkwardness of some characters, like Salander. Well, in the case of this second part, the remake is a need. Because in his second book, Stieg had left the ball kicking for Hollywood. He seemed to have written this already thinking on the screenplay, this being most evident at the book’s final part, which was very spectacular, very very mainstream. The Swedish shooting fails in this second part for not knowing precisely how to dose suspense, action, soundtrack. These essentials elements were too subtle in many scenes, leading to a monochord tone that turns to be very inadequate. In a nut shell: Chance for Hollywood here.


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