A dry thriller, The Girl In The Spider’s Web has a hard time developing its story but still manages to deliver decent entertainment. It lacks a great level of intrigue and depth to its storytelling, and that ultimately denies the movie from pulling in its audience.
This movie serves as a soft reboot and sequel to 2011’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ but doesn’t quite live up to its glory due to a poor narrative. To be honest, it did start off well and had great potential but unfortunately comes out empty. ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ follows computer hacker Lisabeth Salander who gets caught in an international conflict after a job gone wrong, leading her to go face to face with organization that ties into her past.
To begin with, the lazy writing was all over the place! All the unbelievable situations and motivations only prove how weak the script was. Then there are the two dimensional characters that make one wonder why they even exist in the story. It’s a shame what they did with Michael Blomqvist, sidelining him and practically reducing the importance of his role to that of an extra! The underwhelming antagonist didn’t help the story whatsoever, instead pushes away viewers even more. Another reason why it lacked any intrigue was due to its predictable events.
It’s hard to stay interested in the movie because it barely has any compelling material to present. In fact, I lost interest shortly after the first act. Despite her poorly written character, Claire Foy does a good job at portraying Lisabeth Salander but is not as convincing as Rooney Mara. The movie just has a dull tone that offers nothing new or interesting. Additionally, lots of the scenes feel forced and unnecessary. So despite its many faults some audiences may find its action sequences entertaining, and if you wish to watch it don’t walk in with high expectations because it’s not as well structured as it’s predecessor.