Sweden is Awesome, part 3

February 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm (Book Reviews, Movie Reviews) (, , , , , , )

This is the final chapter in the story of Lisbeth Salander, created by Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

*SPOILERS* If you have not seen/read the first two, then you might not want to read on…

Lisbeth is in the hospital after being shot and buried alive by her father and half-brother. She is awaiting trial for the charge of attempted murder of her father, pending her recovery from a bullet to the head (Self-defense? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?). Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist is hard at work trying to build a defense for her by way of journalistic research, a little blackmail (journalist-style, of course), and getting his lawyer sister to take her case (even though that is not her field of law). In spite of the more fantastical elements and what they had to cut down to make this film a reasonable length, this is a very satisfying end to the trilogy – especially considering that it is only a trilogy because Mr. Larsson passed away before he could finish the seven books he intended to write about Lisbeth. I will always wonder what was in store for Lisbeth. Actually, I hear through the interwebs gossip that book 4  was mostly complete and book 5 was complete, but the family is in legal dispute with Stieg’s domestic partner, Eva Gabrielsson, over publishing rights and royalties. In Sweden, only family has the legal right to publish a relative’s work (probably unless otherwise stipulated by the author); on the other hand, she was his life-long partner and confidante. They never married and Mr. Larsson did not have a will, so everything went to his family as the legal default. It is complicated and messy and I am sure both sides are hurting and frustrated. Who knows if and when there will ever be a resolution, so I will endeavor just to be grateful for what we got. Thank you, Stieg Larsson.

Rating: I will own this movie someday soon.

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