Entertainment Hive 2020

The Snowman

Review by Honey B

Director:  Thomas Alfredson Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer Plot: For Detective Harry Hole, the death of a young woman during the first snowfall of winter feels like anything but a routine homicide. His investigation leads him to "The Snowman Killer," an elusive sociopath who continuously taunts Hole with cat-and-mouse games. As the vicious murders continue, Harry. Verdict: The Snowman is beautifully shot in a wintry, chilling setting which is also heightened by an effective musical score, however the movie script is as mushy as old winter snow. This adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s terrifying bestseller featuring flawed, genius detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) is a convoluted mess. There is little character development and it’s up to the audience to decide why Hole has turned to alcohol and sometimes sleeps rough on the street or passes out in the street. His former girlfriend, Rakel (Gainsbourg) still seems to quite like him, but she is in a new relationship. Then he receives a chilling, childlike letter from a killer and he teams up with a new young colleague Katrine (Ferguson), who has her own agenda. This all sounds pretty promising and the beginning of the movie sets the scene quite nicely, but it all slowly melts from here. As the snow falls mothers are killed and the two detectives go on a convoluted ride trying to solve the thinnest of plots. The story skips back and forth in time and it is hard to work out what is going on – there seem to be key plot points missing. Val Kilmer is in some of these flashbacks and his performance is utterly weird. Chloe Sevigny also plays another oddball character who just happens to be a chicken farmer. Fassbender is hunky and can brood along with the best of them, however there seems to be little emotion to be found in this icy landscape. Ferguson’s character is the most interesting and thank goodness for her. What is utterly surprising is that this film has a strong cast, the cinematography is superb and the source material is solid, so what happened? This film comes off colder than a Norwegian winter.  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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