Movie review: "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"

From the 11/11/2010 edition

If you've ever waited endlessly in anticipation for a movie sequel, the Scandinavian film trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium novels will spoil you.

All three films have hit Columbus theaters mere months apart, and I could get used to this rapid-fire treatment - especially for a trilogy as damn good as this one.

This spring, it was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," followed by summer's "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and finally this week's "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

If you're new to the trilogy, catch-up is a must, as the continued tale of damaged hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is fully dependant on the earlier films - both of which are available on DVD and streaming.

If the second film was a minor step back from the amazing original, "Hornet's Nest" is almost as good as the first. Director Daniel Alfredson paces the two-and-a-half-hour film so well you won't notice the time - even with subtitles.

Rapace is once again amazing and understated. She's the main reason not to wait for David Fincher's upcoming American remakes. That and the ability to snipe about how much better the originals were