Nick Schager Reviews The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” and its Swedish cinematic adaptations present a rigged game: Their critique of societal sexism is made via a convoluted, one-dimensional thriller narrative in which men are either heroic crusaders or dastardly misogynists, with the latter all secretly allied in maintaining an omnipresent anti-female agenda. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the third and final chapter in Larson’s bestselling series, is no different in this regard, expanding the serialized story’s scope to reveal how institutionalized violence against women is a crime traceable all the way to the country’s prime minister, who’s in league with a secret group of nasty old white guys dubbed by insufferable know-it-all journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) as “the Section.”

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