Hannah Scribbles

A Review of the Millenium Trilogy

In Movies/TV, Pop Culture! on January 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

If it weren’t for the murders, corruption and shameful family secrets, Sweden seems to be a great place to live. Everyone offers you coffee.

Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, which he had planned to expand to a total of 10 books before his sudden death at age 50, is an exciting ride through the streets of Stockholm into a world where men are either honorable or evil.

The three books focus on lead characters Mikael Blomkvist, a prominent journalist who recently ran afoul of corrupt capitalist Erik Wennerstrom and now finds himself with massive libel fees and a prison sentence, and Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant and strong-willed woman who has been declared incompetent by the government. Their paths would not normally cross, but Larsson pairs them not only as sleuths but (eventually) friends.

Never before has a protagonist seemed so antagonistic as Salander is in the Larsson’s trilogy. She’s a social misfit who never compromises and can be ruthlessly vengeful, and she thwarts a society that would have her be a victim. She fights back.

Larsson does his damndest to prove that men can be insufferable bastards, and so he fills his books with women-hating sadists (the original title for “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was actually “Men who Hate Women”). Make no conclusions, however, that he harbors the same feels they do; Larsson sets them up to be confronted by the relentless Salander-Blomkvist duo and ultimately to be unmasked and vilified.

I didn’t give away much of the plot because if I did no one would read the books. You can go to Wikipedia for a plot summary that ruins the tense emotions and ignores well-built characters. To get the full experience – including graphic violence, coffee and even more “coffee” – you need to pick up the books for yourself, because there’s no way they can pack that much mature content onto a movie screen in America.

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