The adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander.The adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander.The adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander.The adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander.The adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander.
The plot is well known and follows Lisbeth Salander, an irreverent young woman with a troubled past, strongly marked by instability and a family uprooting, which the series explains and explores. She is a punk, a hacker, has a prodigious memory and will establish an unusual friendship and collaboration with journalist Mikael Blomkvist, an extremely upright man who will be the victim of persecution, right in the first chapters, for telling uncomfortable truths. The first chapters will address a joint investigation that they will both do on a female killer, while the rest of the series will focus on Salander's family and personal past, and how she will fall victim, too, to an attempt at conspiracy at the highest level.
The series is extremely good, as good were the films that are at its origin. However, it is a very uneven series, which starts wonderfully and decreases in quality and interest. The work of director Daniel Alfredson, who directs the first two films, leaves much to be desired when compared to the careful direction of Niels Arden Oplev, who worked on the first film (corresponding to the first two episodes of this series). However, it is worth keeping track of because the story really is intriguing and mysterious enough to keep us stuck until the end.
The cast is equally good, and there are several characters who appear more or less fleetingly. Personally, I would highlight Noomi Rapace's extraordinary interpretation, which brought Lisbeth Salander to life in a way that I think will never be equaled. She is intelligent, sensitive but also provocative, brutal and aggressive when provoked. At his side, in stark contrast, the quiet journalist played by Michael Nyqvist, in an extremely noble and dignified way. I also really liked the work of Lena Endre, who gave life to Erika, editor of Millennium magazine who has a multi-year affair with Blomkvist, and Georgi Staykov, who brought one of the great villains of the series to life in a genuinely threatening way.
At a technical level, the series is a little uneven. The first episodes are extraordinary and everything comes together to create an atmosphere of tension and mystery that works wonderfully. From cinematography to sets and costumes! But from then on, things don't go so well, and it is only in the end that this environment will be recreated again, and in a rather lame way, with all the material suffering from a very un-cinematic appearance. Overall, the sets and costumes are good, and the choice of filming locations worked perfectly. The action scenes invite good visual effects, which almost always worked well. I really liked the initial credits, with all the excellent drawings and graphics, and the way the soundtrack was being used.
- Oct 25, 2020