This movie caught my interest, since firstly it would be set in Norway, secondly a bunch of great actors would be playing characters based on the story by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø and thirdly, that by the looks of the trailer, it was going to be a crime movie mixed in with supernatural elements.
Taking place in Norway, we follow a crime detective (Michael Fassbender) who’s investigating the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, while a letter sent to him indicates that something weird is happening after another victim disappears, he begins to fear an elusive serial killer may have become active again. Assisting the detective with the case is a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), they together must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones, if the detective hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
That is the basic premise of the movie and after the quite interesting beginning that takes place many years before the main plot begins, which serves as the Snowman’s backstory, it’s revealed that the main character Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) has very similar issues. Now while I was watching it with a friend of mine, it would be a lie that I wasn’t bored and could see who the murderer was before even second act, even the whole plot was presented in two layers of backstories, one for the Snowman killer and the other from a perspective of another detective, completely engaged in alcoholic beverages, this time set nine years earlier in the same town when the killer was active back then.
So, what does this movie do that is somewhat good? Well when Harry Hole isn’t under the influence of alcohol. He seems to be a kind of a father figure to a teenage boy named Oleg and when the few scenes are playing out on the screen, well I thought they had the better chemistry that the rest of the cast surely lacked.
If we got point out the real character that was scarier than the snowman, murderer, or even just story in total was the little girl of the disappeared mother. Every time she was on screen, shivers went down my spine from overthinking what she could have been.
The Snowman does have the distinction of being so bad, it’s almost worth watching, just to go back and see why fx. Men That Hates Women (aka The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which was the American version of the Swedish trilogy) or any of the many other movies in the same genre which does it so much better. So few movies of this, type of caliber can make it to the big screen that sometimes it’s good to be reminded of what’s possible for some, can be beneficial for others. It has a way of putting other, less terrible movies into a perspective I have missed looking at from time to time.
I recommend go watch this when you can rent it some place like Blockbuster or wait for when it can be streamed on a streaming service (fx. Netflix, Viaplay, Hulu etc), as it’s not worth the trip to the cinema. However, while it’s an okay movie that mostly disappoints in many aspects when watching it unfold, it still does manage to hit a few notes right when it comes to the cinematography, sound design and landscapes.
This movie has without a doubt making not regretting when it gets the score:
Nevertheless, what did you think of the movie? Was it such a meltdown for you as it was for me? Or did you like it all the way through? Write it down in the comments and let’s get a conversation going.
Stay Cozy and have a nice day!