If you thought Claire Foy had problems with resentful sisters as a television queen, her debut as a movie action hero puts them in perspective. In Wolf Hall, Foy’s Anne Boleyn had to cope with the envious disapproval of Mary, the discarded previous occupant of Henry VIII’s bed. In The Crown, her Elizabeth II’s patience was stretched by Princess Margaret’s spirited social life and disdain for courtly convention. But vexing as both were, credit them for this. One thing neither did in sibling rivalry’s name was attempt to steal the codes to every nuclear missile on earth with a view to incinerating the planet. Such is the grittily realistic premise of The Girl In The Spider’s Web. In this fifth film based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series (from a novel written after his death by David Lagercrantz), Foy succeeds Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara to become Lisbeth Salander III. If you loved the original Swedish language trilogy, and/ or David Fincher’s oddly underrated remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (co-starring Daniel Craig as Lisbeth’s journo buddy Mikael Blomkvist), leave the preconceptions at home. Replacing the brooding, slow-burn Scandi-noir psychological suspensers is a fast-paced, high-octane espionage action flick with superhero… Read full this story
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