The Girl in the Spider’s Web is an unnecessary revisit to a franchise that died years ago. For airplane novels and Netflix streaming, perhaps there is still some life left in this Nordic noir serial. But as for the big screen, Alvarez and company do nothing to revive the theatrical legacy. The biggest mistake Alvarez makes is not understanding the “Girl” in the film’s title.
Set aside all you know about its myriad production problems, the strong-handed editorial control wielded by the band’s members, and anything else you’ve heard or read about the new film about Queen, called Bohemian Rhapsody, and instead, let the film speak for itself.
The first thing to know is that it is not a queen biopic. Sure, director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, the X-Men movies) and company run though the standard MTV Behind-the-Scenes tropes that touch on the band’s…