The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) - The best in the franchise - 8/10 (12/12/18)
This franchise was all the rage about ten years ago when the novels became popular and were made into three movies. I watched all three films back then and found them quite hard to sit through. They had a gripping bleak atmosphere but everything else was rather uninteresting. The acting performances didn't impress me much. The films were slow, plodding and overlong. The plots were predictable and tedious. You might wonder why I even watched The Girl in the Spider's Web. As a matter of fact, I wanted to watch a completely different film at my small local cinema but the film got cancelled and I was given the chance to watch a film for free. Since this one was just about to start, I gave it a chance. The film turned out being much better than expected. Needless to say that this is the best film of the franchise in my opinion.
The film has the same bleak atmosphere as the original movies. However, the acting performances are much better than anticipated and especially Claire Foy convinces as creative, emotional and intelligent young woman with a sinister past and she shows many more facets of her character than any other actress did before her. The story has a steadier pace than earlier entries in the franchise and is interesting from start to finish as all the side stories and supporting characters are cleverly linked and end up being at the same place for the film's intense conclusion. The story is diversified, emotional and entertaining as it turns out being gripping from start to finish despite not being the most creative plot I have come across. The film reminds me of the critically underrated The Snowman which was released about one year earlier.
Fans of the franchise should like this film but even those who didn't care about the franchise should give this intense psychological thriller a try. This film is atmospheric, emotional and intense as it mostly avoids pretentious social criticism that slowed the previous entries in the franchise down. One even gets to witness some dynamic action sequences and especially the final thirty minutes will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Girl in the Spider's Web is one of the best thrillers released this year and a very welcome positive surprise. If you like this movie, make sure to give The Snowman a chance as well.« Better on stage than in the studio - A review of Delain's A Decade of Delain - Live at ParadisoEntertaining times - A review of Myrath's Merciless Times »