The second film in the Millennium Trilogy, which began so viscerally with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, is not as ambitious or far-reaching as its predecessor. The wide political focus of the first film is forsaken for more attention to character details, and the plot is more familiar, with a couple of twists that betray the paperback thriller origin of its story.
None of this matters, because I love Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. These characters have earned all kinds of loyalty, and watching their investigations move, intersect, and dance across Sweden is just glorious. I'm told that the third and final story, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, is about level with FIRE, and I can't wait.