Great locations, cast, photo, ok soundtrack, great sound design, competent director and decent source material. BUT, all of this does not matter since the director did not get time enough to shoot the whole script. What we are left with are pieces of a story slapped together without much sense, motivation or agency. The biggest fault is the villain whose motivation is completely nonsensical. Train wreck!!!
I am trying to remember things about this movie and I can't, except that already when watching it I couldn't. Harry Hole has sex while Sigur Ros plays, I think. Wait, why did the killer build snowmen? Why is a homeless man on this case? Who are any of these characters? I think this gets political at some point? J.K Simmons is in this? What?
One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I can not help but wonder if things could have have turned out differently if they just stuck to the book. The scenes are scattered, and it's really hard to follow the plot; 90% of the decisions made by the characters make zero sense to those who didn't read the book. There's music in literally. every. scene. in the movie, and the entire cast looks lost. It's a huge mess.
Not nearly as bad as the critical response made it to be. It's a solid crime thriller with extraordinary visual solutions and direction that overshadow the likes of "Wind River" while the story is acceptable for your typical genre flick. None the less, it's a step backward for Alfredson after he made two straight-up masterpieces and it seems that it lacks richness and profoundness that previous two films had.
Flawed? Absolutely, but has a lot of qualities that many seems to have missed. Some scenes are goosebumps-inducing (Ulriken, the Oslo tram, and the city hall, for instance), and the score is amazing. Alfredson makes a nightmare-ish fairytale land that resembles more the work of Verhoeven and even Tim Burton, than Fincher. Would like to see more, if someone took a second glance at the script.