Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Fight Fire with Fire
Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.
The sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and second chapter in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire does lack the brutal intensity, sinister ambiance & sustained thrills of the original and is a definite tumble down the road but thanks to another excellent input from Noomi Rapace, this sequel isn't a complete disaster.
Based on Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name, The Girl Who Played with Fire continues the story of Lisbeth Salander as she finds herself accused of murdering three people & goes on the run to evade arrest. But her path once again crosses with Mikael Blomkvist, who has been looking for her and does everything he can to find her before the authorities.…
The solid third act makes this film just passable
(at the very least, relatively to the original source material).
A decent adaptation of Larsson's most thrilling novel,
and one of my favorite books of the '00-'09 decade.
The chief problem with adaptations of this trilogy are that
the directors aren't able to flesh out the majority of the
supporting characters nearly as well as Stieg does in the books
(a common & fair issue with book-to-film adaptations, of course).
Noomi Rapace utterly nails the role of Salander though,
making the experience of watching this ultimately worthwhile.
Ah, that's too bad. As often dictated by "sequels", the decline in quality had to happen here as well. The project fell into the hands of another director. Consequently, the vibe is completely different, from a cheaper-looking budget, to a more independent style of filmmaking, to less emphasis on the characters and little loyalty to the environment that had been present in the previous events. The connection feels more forced than necessary. The iconic thrills of the past movie have been lost. We are left, then, with a below average crime story with a boring execution and little to remember. Even some ridiculous Hollywood stunts were pulled, like your typical all-muscle, gigantic blond Russian guy with superhuman strength that feels…
Part of my Double Feature Challenge
Very rarely do I rate a sequel higher than the original film in a trilogy, but this is a special case indeed. As I pointed out in my review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar was darker, crazier, sexier and altogether more the star of the film than Rooney Mara's version. Now, in the follow-up, she takes center stage, nudging to the side publisher Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). This is The Girl's story and, wow, does she own it.
Let me add that the Lisbeth character is perhaps the grittiest, most complex female role ever conceived for screen or stage. This girl has issues -- deep dark…
Not as good as the first film but still very interesting! I'm interested to see Fincher's remake because I liked his version of TGWTDT better. Overall if you liked the original Swedish version of this film you should enjoy this sequel.
I thought Niki Lauda was from Austria
*waits for the us remake i havent given up on yet*
Presente quei film polizieschi/thriller innocui che passano su Rai2 in prima serata? Quelli con la pubblicità narrata sempre dalla stessa voce maschile con il pathos dell'ispettore Derrick?
Ecco, questo è uno di quei film.
Peccato, perché in realtà l'atmosfera è bella (la grigia Scandinavia già protagonista di Uomini Che Odiano le Donne), ma ci stanno certe cose che non stanno né in cielo né in terra (vedi gli ultimi 30 minuti di film interi, vedi il gigante biondo inarrestabile). Forse è dovuto al cambio di regia? Non lo so, comunque è un film un po' inutile.
Film 30/30 of Scavenger Hunt July 2016
Task #12: A movie written in a language you do not speak.
After the first excellent investigation thriller from the famous Millennium saga comes the second movie exploring Lisbeth's past and complicate relations with men.
It loses a lot of the charm of the first one which had a not too complex main story accompanied by some little insights letting us wonder what might had happened with Noomy Rapace's character.
The Girl Who Played with Fire loses the chemistry of the two main characters and halfway through it, it abandons the main story to tell another one.
The Girl Who Played With Fire is a nice follow up from Dragon Tattoo but it does suffer the same issue most sequels have, they rarely surpass the first film. This is another shining example, but it's still an interesting character study as it focuses heavily on Lisbeth and her character journey. The grit did feel slightly off due to the new film crew stepping in but the style was very similar so that was a pleasant surprise. In this film, Mikael and Lisbeth try to uncover the truth behind a sex trafficking scheme which sets off a fresh batch of murders as Lisbeth tries to hide her cover due to the previous films ending.
It draws a lot of…
A very underwhelming film considering how great the first was. Story felt rushed, characters were superfluous, and twists had no weight behind them.
Excellent sequel; the plotting's slightly less dense and satisfying than the first installment but it still hits all the right notes. Lisabeth Salander remains a fascinating character, Noomi Rapace fitting her like a glove well enough to just about forgive a slightly implausible ending.
The follow up to my favorite film of 2010 (although it was actually filmed in 2008), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, returns the cast from the first film but with a new director (Daniel Alfredson). Fortunately it's filmed so similarly that the transition is seamless.
This time around Mikael is back to work at Millennium where he is investigating a sex trafficking ring. Lisbeth is on the run after being accused in a string of murders relating to the case, and Mikael works tirelessly to help clear her name all the while slowly unraveling her mysterious past.
While slightly more convoluted and occassionally disjointed than Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire does introduce some interesting new characters…
As with a number of trilogies, such as Star Wars or The Matrix, the first films usually stand alone just fine, and in the case of the latter, you kinda wished they'd left it alone. Such is the case with the Millenium trilogy. Notwithstanding the tidy and satisfying ending to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl Who Played with Fire begins a two-parter intending to unwrap the wonderful enigma that is Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace). With a down-tick in production quality (the original director did not return), some questionable character motivations to jump start the plot, a second act "twist" borrowed right from The Empire Strikes Back, and the unwelcome addition of a superhuman Bond villain, this one was a disappointment.
This sequel was actually really great. My favorite of the Swedish trilogy, but my second favorite film in the Millenium series.
A+ / JD Rainbow Seal of Approval / Epictastic
Complete list. :-(
Not "gay with exceptions". Not "curious". Not doing it for the sake of a plot twist or a neat ending.…