Sunday September 20, 2020

The girl who became an action figure

In 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' any edgy vulnerability or awkward indecisiveness the character once possessed has been sanded down to better fit the contours of a big-bang superhero blockbuster

25th November, 2018
Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Campaigning journalist and novelist Stieg Larsson died before the three books he wrote about hacker and abuse survivor Lisbeth Salander became a global publishing sensation. He never saw the original Swedish-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where Noomi Rapace delivered a compelling performance as his troubled heroine in an otherwise mediocre film.

When David Fincher Americanised the story a couple of years later, Rooney Mara played Salander as a righter of wrongs...

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