Movies 2011 #3 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

I had high hopes that The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, the film, would be better than The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, the book.

It wasn’t, really.

My problem with the book is that it was way too slow to get started. The payoff was fun, but it was only 1/7th of the book. The rest wasn’t exactly thrilling. I hoped that the movie would compact the 6/7 boring bits and heighten the impact of he 1/7th of the cool bits. It didn’t really. It was similarly paced and structured as the book- plodding for the first couple of hours, then really great for the finale. The problem with that happening here is that the finale was about 15 minutes. So it’s basically 2 hours of whatever for a truncated courtroom section where all the fun happens.


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