The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Well, it’s over. I just watched this one on Netflix, so all three books and all three movies are behind me, done, finito. I can now get back to normal life. That is, at least until the American version of the TGWTDT comes out at the end of this year.

I don’t know, for some reason these books and movies just grabbed me. In the course of about 12 months, I consumed them all and was never disappointed. This movie wrapped things up nicely and the deviations from the book worked well. As with the books, I think the first movie was best and the third movie (this one) was the second best.

This Noomi Rapace person was so perfect as Salander it’s scary. Rooney Mara has some big shoes to fill. I’ll be careful to go in to the America version with no pre-conceptions though. One thing is for sure, you’re going to be able to tell who your film snob friends are. They will be the ones who say, “Oh, the Swedish version was so much better.” Tell them to shut up. These are the same friends who say things like, “Guiness tastes so much better in Ireland,” and, “I only eat crab if I’m overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.” I will unfriend anyone on Facebook who pulls this film snobbery.

It’s got recency going for it, but for me, I can’t think of another pop-cultural phenomenon that I’ve embraced like this in the last ten years. I’ll have to think about that. Hmmm. But that’s why I’m keeping this blog, so I can reflect on my pop-culture consumption.

Great movie(s) and great books. Feel free to get sucked in to them.