The third Stieg Larsson film confirms what I said about the first two. If this is low budget, then that’s what we need. No glossy Hollywood stars driving too fast in fancy cars. Instead we have what the books want; namely normal looking Swedish people acting the parts of – almost – normal Swedish people and immigrants in Sweden today. If fast driving is required, then that has been done quite normally, and ‘on the cheap.’
Luftslottet som sprängdes has been changed from the book a little more than the previous books, but only to fit in with a plot that will work in just over two hours of film. I’d say there is very little that’s incomprehensible to someone who didn’t read the book first. The only thing I would have liked is more insight into the complex way the police worked out what was going on. There was very little room for the police work at all.
The doctor at the Sahlgrenska hospital was just right, if awfully young looking. (Can’t find the actor’s name, though.) They have also kept all the female roles, rather than integrating several into one, which just shows that the trilogy does have a strong voice for women.
As I mentioned re the second film, they have played around with the seasons. In film three we have winter most of the time, except when at home with Annika Giannini, who has perpetual summer outside her house. Slight oops, perhaps.
Director Daniel Alfredson has put his famous father Hans in a cameo as Evert Gullberg, which is confusing as he comes minus his moustache and his normal speaking accent.
And an appearance by the Prime Minister would have been fun, obviously.