Frustratingly awful follow-up to the really great The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, this second film adaptation suffers from an overwrought and underwritten screenplay. Rapace is again quite fine but she's let down by poor character development within the realms of the subsidiary players and a real lack of understanding when it comes to filming for the big screen. A significant step backwards for this franchise.
Stieg Larsson’s second novel in his Millennium trilogy is an improvement on the first, but unfortunately this adaptation is just as tepid as the first film. It’s a stylish effort, with a strong central performance by Noomi Rapace and some nice slick cinematography by Peter Mokrosinski, but the plot is muddled and the characters underworked. Watchable, but like the first film in the series, nothing special.
I've become a bit of a latecomer to the Millenim franchise. I enjoyed this film better than the first one. Which makes me think this would work better as a TV series (as Wallender series). Lisbeth Salander is a great charactor while Blomkvist is weak. As gripping as this film was at moments, the problem is that Alfredson loves the novel to much to turn this into a great film. I will watch the third film.
Indeed, in contrasting this film with its predecessor, the change in style is apparent in the first few minutes of the film. Namely, the lighting is not as dark and the cinematography is not as crisp, lush and thoughtfully presented. [imho] Yet, overall, I must say I think the film is quite a good watch and furthermore, I find it quite faithful to the narrative initially presented in the series' first installment.