|Directed by||:||Tomas Alfredson||Produced by||:||Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Peter Gustafsson||Based on||:||The Snowman by Jo Nesbø||Starring||:||Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J. K. Simmons||Production company||:||Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films, Another Park Film||Country||:||United States|
The Snowman (2017) (Blu-ray)
Wow, this movie is an incredible mess. I am going to echo the folks at The Cinema Snob's Midnight Screenings and say this film is such a disaster that I am kind of glad I live in a world where it exists. Where do I start? I know, how about now widely reported admission from Director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) that he realized while editing the picture that the crew simply forgot to shoot 10 to 15 percent of the script. Yes, that actually happened. Alfredson is no rookie and usually is quite skilled behind the camera, too. His cast here includes Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, J. K. Simmons and Charlotte Gainsbourg, all of whom look equally lost in this snowy mess. Martin Scorsese even produced this disaster, and his longtime editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, attempted to salvage the film in post to poor results. Based on a popular novel by author Joe Nesbø, The Snowman is one of the least comprehensible films in recent memory, and should only be viewed as a curiosity.
I am going to dive into spoilers territory in the next few paragraphs in an attempt to explain what a trainwreck made it to theaters. You have been warned. It is somewhat difficult to tell you what the movie is about, because it doesn't know. I started reading Nesbø's book a few years ago but found the first pages too dense with characters to read on an international flight with a headache. I always intended to pick it back up, but never did. Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole (...yep, I'm assuming it sounds better in Norwegian), who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of several women during the first snowfall of winter. With a lot of effort, viewers learn Hole is worried a dormant killer known as the Snowman may be active again. That killer had a knack for placing the heads of victims on the bodies of snowmen. That means you are treated to a plethora of unintentionally hilarious shots of snowmen throughout the movie as Alfredson attempts to create dread. Cut to Frosty, aural stinger, me in stitches. It's really bad and completely ineffective.