The Girl In The Spider’s Web is still a must-see this month
Starring none other than The Crown’s Claire Foy, The Girl In The Spider’s Web will premiere in Philippine cinemas on November 21, 2018. But while we’re counting down the days until the theater doors open, international publications have already released their say—and the verdict isn’t what we expected.
Variety says it was a shame that “one of recent science fiction’s most iconic character’s in the fight against sexual abuse gets turned into just another male fantasy action figure.” Vulture plainly called the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo “unsuccessful.” These reviews alongside Rotten Tomatoes’ 44 percent rating don’t point to an amazing film. Despite this, however, there’s still very good reason to look forward to The Girl In The Spider’s Web.
Let’s put this out there: Claire Foy deserved the 2017 Golden Globe she won for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and she definitely deserved the nomination in 2018. She’s an amazingly talented actress, period. And seeing her badass her way across a full-length film as a woman who rights wrongs against women is enough reason to buy a ticket.
While some might say that the film lacks the feminine flavor necessary to satiate the feminist world, the actuality of that is Lisbeth Salander, the woman we all need to see. Strong, unforgiving and reeking of words and action, there’s no reason why she isn’t enough. She’s intelligent almost to a fault, damaged yet not destroyed and completely whole on her own.
While The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo brought us into Lisbeth’s psyche and heartache, The Girl In The Spider’s Web shows us who she’s become. So in a world of James Bonds, be fucking Lisbeth Salander.
At its core, the film is an action one, filled with chase scenes, tech jargon and explosions. Some may call the choreography unrealistic, but of course it is; the film is fictional. And that scene where Lisbeth, all black and heavy, faces off against her sister Camilla, all red, blonde and questioning, practically breathes.
There is no way that the movie does not have faults; it definitely does. There are moments that are insensitive and will spark debate. Some will think that Claire Foy did not do justice to the heroine we’d been previously introduced to by Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace. Others will say that the pacing needs work and that the plot is predictable—but no reason is enough to disregard the movie.
Enjoy the film the way it is.
Art Alexandra Lara