The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web

The Week (US) - - Arts 25 -

Di­rected by Fede Al­varez

“Call it a spec­tac­u­lar fail­ure to read the room,” said Joshua Rothkopf in Time Out New York. Lis­beth Sa­lan­der, the hacker vig­i­lante of Stieg Lars­son’s Girl With the Dragon Tat­too nov­els, could have been a war­rior idol of the #MeToo era, hav­ing pun­ished her rapist and hunted down a misog­y­nist se­rial killer in the first film adap­ta­tion. But this sec­ond in­stall­ment “strips its hero of ev­ery­thing that made her spiky and sin­gu­lar.” Now played by Claire Foy in­stead of Rooney Mara, Sa­lan­der has be­come “a bland videogame avatar” given the generic big-screen task of stop­ping

Foy: A plainer Lis­beth Sa­lan­der

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