'The Snowman' Movie Review
The Snowman... or Snoreman?
Snoreman- as you may well fall asleep in this confusing and drab adaption, but more to the point- were the makers asleep?
It seemed so promising that Jo Nesbo's bestseller was being made into a film with a great cast, led by Michael Fassbender, and directed by the director of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
What went wrong? The film sadly makes little sense and characters turn up at seemingly random places throughout, for no obvious reasons. Some characters start to be developed and then just disappear altogether. It's as if someone has dropped a few canisters of film somewhere. It's also such a shame that no motivation is shown much for the main characters and there is little or no suspense at all, when it is meant to be a 'thriller' movie.
What is a mystery is why much of the drama is left out that was so rich in the novel. Often movies can be accused of dialing up the action too much, but instead those 'thrilling' elements were removed and nothing put in its place.
The film looks good, and most of the acting is solid and there are some decent scenes. However, a few average good points do not save this from being a huge disappointment and misfire.
Stick with the books... or watch the Headhunters adaption instead.