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The Snowman, 2017.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
For the third time this year, Michael Fassbender has delivered a decent performance in a film well below his talents. Following Assassin’s Creed and Alien: Covenant I had high hopes that this tremendous actor would be given some meaty material. Unfortunately The Snowman has too much going on for its own good.
Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, a drunk and slightly passed it policeman who is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with the titular killer who leaves snowmen at the scene of his crimes. So far so good. Unfortunately the audience are then treated to multiple smaller stories that detract from the case and »
- Helen Murdoch
Ever looked at something and thought where did it all go wrong? Sometimes a movie has everything going for it, a great concept, a great cast, a great crew and some stunning ideas and then it just flat out does not work. Remember Hancock and how it derailed? Or Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? Well, I’m sad to report that director Tomas Alfredson’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let The Right One In) adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Snowman is a real disappointment to fans of the book and newcomers alike.
From the bleak first scene to the impressive who’s who opening credits backed by Marco Beltrami’s unnerving scoring (which practically melts away into unremarkable territory after this point), this is a film that looks like it could have that lingering Scandinavian Drama/Thriller inspired chill and a real horrific thrill. A »
- Jack Bottomley
The reviews for Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are in, and the general takeaway is that the film, based on Jo Nesbo's 2007 best-seller, falls flat. The Universal and Working Title film, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, follows a detective (Fassbender) who teams up with a new recruit (Rebecca Ferguson) to track down a serial killer who builds a snowman each time he strikes.
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton calls the film, which released on Friday, "cold and lifeless" in his review: "For all its »
- Arlene Washington
One would have thought that a movie produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by the guy who made Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with a cast that includes Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, would have turned out to be one of the better movies of the fall season. That's not the case. The Snowman, by most accounts, is a complete disaster. Director Tomas Alfredson is already going on the defensive, doing his best to explain why this dumpster fire isn't his fault. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.
"Our shoot time in Norway was way too short. We didn't get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It's like when you're making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don't see the whole picture."
According to Tomas Alfredson, "It happened very abruptly, »
Plot: Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic Oslo detective, investigates a string of serial killings targeting women, where the killer’s signature is an ominous snowman. Review: The Snowman should have been a prestige offering, with director Tomas Alfredson coming off Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, not to mention the cast, the fact that it’s based on author Jo... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Can we call you Michael? Mike? No? Mr. Fassbender it is. So, we've seen your new movie The Snowman, and we should start off by saying we're big fans of your work. The political prisoner on a hunger strike, the sex addict in a downward spiral, the slave owner that's emblematic of a whole 360-degree dehumanizing institution, the mutant guy, the android guy, the guy who gets the shit kicked out of him by Gina Carano, the shirtless sword-and-sandal dude, the other shirtless sword-and-sandal dude – it's a solid resumé, »
Director Tomas Alfredson helmed a pair of outstanding films, the gripping ground-breaking Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, and Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy, a moody, first-rate film adaptation of John LeCarre’s brainy bestselling spy novel. So one has to wonder what on earth happened with his latest film The Snowman, a crime thriller that boasts a cast including Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer, and Chloe Sevigny. The Snowman is not merely bad, it is outright awful. Reportedly, even the director thinks the film is bad, expressing frustration the conditions under which it was made.
Adapted from Jo Nesbo’s novel of the same name, The Snowman focuses on Olso policeman Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigating the case of a missing woman who turns up links to a cold case. One thing »
- Cate Marquis
The Snowman is a huge disappointment. The film is painfully slow and disjointed with a nonsensical plot. The mystery at its core seems to have been strung together with masking tape. It boggles the mind that a well-regarded source novel, fantastic cast, and veteran production team ended up with such an unmitigated disaster. It is the latest example of how great ingredients do not always lead to a tasty cake. The Snowman is abysmal at best.
The Snowman takes place in present day Oslo, Norway; but flashbacks in time periodically. Michael Fassbender stars as Detective Harry Hole. He's a blackout drunk, but established as "legendary" investigator. Rebecca Ferguson costars as Katrine Bratt, a new detective chasing a mysterious cold case. A young mother disappears. The pair investigates, but have few clues except for a snowman left outside her home. This coincides with an anonymous, cryptic letter Hole received from "the »
Director Tomas Alfredson’s previous films, Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, have been delicate attempts at genre reconstructions. Let the Right One In isn’t just a vampire film and Tinker Tailor isn’t just a spy film. They take the genre conventions and find a way to do something new. Sometimes it works like with Let the Right One In and sometimes it comes up a little short like Tinker Tailor, but you can at least see a careful hand at work. His latest film, The Snowman, goes off the rails so badly that … »
- Matt Goldberg
Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017
Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?
Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.
Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?
The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. An alcoholic »
Simon Brew Oct 19, 2017
With the people involved in the new screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s book The Snowman, it was something of a surprise that the film itself was so muddled. Michael Fassbender stars in the film, that’s directed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Tomas Alfredson. The movie has received poor reviews, though, and Alfredson has given an interview to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation where he explains what went wrong.
Bottom line: he didn’t get to shoot 10-15% of the film’s script, because of how quickly the film got started.
Alfredson was hired to direct when Martin Scorsese switched to being executive producer. »
It sounds safe to assume that The Snowman will probably not be up to the same quality as director Tomas Alfredson’s previous two films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let the Right One In. The Jo Nesbo adaptation is intended to start a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-esque franchise following Michael Fassbender’s detective character Harry Hole, and at one point Martin Scorsese was attached to direct. But when Alfredson signed on, the director tells Nrk (via The Independent) the production was very rushed—to the point that they didn’t shoot 10% to 15% of the script: “… »
- Adam Chitwood
“It’s by a studio from America and an incredible Swedish director,” Ferguson says over the phone from London. The 34-year-old actor’s mom was English but her dad was Swedish and Ferguson, whose full name is Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström, was born and raised in Stockholm.
“I got to work with Michael Fassbender, run around in deep snow in Norway — which, by the way, if you’ve never been, you should go. It is breathtakingly beautiful up there!”
A beautiful locale for an ugly tale.
It’s hard to avoid horrific violence in any story written by Jo Nesbø, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
“The Snowman” hasn’t had an easy ride to the big screen. The adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s best-seller may have assembled a helluva cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloe Sevigny, and more, and snared director Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Let The Right One In“), but the production wasn’t easy, and early reviews weren’t kind.
- Kevin Jagernauth
MaryAnn’s quick take… A clichéd loose-cannon cop is on a case of murdered women in faux Norway. And it’s not even a decent procedural. Sexist, pointless, thoroughly awful. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; love a good murder mystery
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
He’s a drunk — like, a seriously falling-down, passed-out-in-the-streets drunk — and a walking personal disaster. His ex just can’t live with him anymore and refuses to tell their teenaged son that he is, in fact, the kid’s dad, he’s that unreliable, but she nevertheless continues to find him irresistibly attractive. He’s a cop who goes to pieces without a case, but with a case, he’s utterly brilliant (but also still a drunk). Which is why his boss covers for him, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“The Snowman,” which opens on Oct. 20, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Jamie Clayton and James D’Arcy from director Tomas Alfredson and writers Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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In a dusty room on the outskirts of Casablanca in Morocco, one of the film industry’s most experienced gun handlers is carefully adding a scope to a sniper rifle he's just pulled out of a large sports bag. The man in question is Mark Strong, star of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, Kingsman and numerous other spy-tinged titles in which he’s been required to know his way around a firearm.
This time, he’s playing Max Easton, a former agent brought out of retirement in the Pyrenees to track down and eliminate a treacherous MI6/CIA cell only to find »
- Alex Ritman
The bestseller about a maverick cop on the trail of a serial killer reaches the big screen in a gruesome but watchable adaptation from Tomas Alfredson
Of course it is a letdown to discover that Michael Fassbender is not actually playing the lead in Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman and that he is not, in the words of the song, walking in the air, wearing a white costume and carrot nose, his feet softly pedalling in the magically Christmassy night sky, and his calloused hand in that of a child. In fact, the film he’s in ironically sports with precisely these images of childhood innocence. Fassbender is playing a serial-killer-catching cop in a chilly Scandi procedural, on the trail of a murderer calling himself the Snowman. The officer himself has the borderline ridiculous name of Harry Hole. He is grizzled, alcoholic, rulebook-shredding.
- Peter Bradshaw
The Snowman, 2017.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson.
When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
The Snowman is not Tomas Alfredson’s film, or at least it can’t be. Nothing about it screams Alfredson, nor Nesbo, it has the fingerprints of countless writers, editors and hurried directors desperately trying to piece together a jigsaw made up of pieces unable to fit. From the expositional prologue that plays like a deleted scene from Hannibal Rising or a »
- Amie Cranswick
The Snowman is gripping, engrossing, terrifying, a story with much intrigue and overbearing foreboding – one of Jo Nesbø’s very best in his series of Harry Hole thrillers. The film version, released this week into cinemas to huge anticipation, is sadly none of those things.
A boy witnesses his mother having sexual intercourse with a man who is referred to as his uncle. This man, far from kind to the young boy, is seen quizzing him over varying history related questions just prior, his frustrations being taken out on both should an answer be given incorrectly. A series of event leads to his mother committing suicide by drowning in an icy lake, an event witnessed entirely by the young boy. »
- Paul Heath
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