The problem is the movie as a whole. Look, we all knew this adaptation would be in English. However, I will never understand why any adaptation insists on keeping the story in a non-English country while making all the characters speak English.
While, of course, also keeping the nationality of the character. As if this somehow constitutes them being Norwegian. For the rest of the movie, however, all Norwegians are speaking British English. Not with the same dialect, mind you. Enter Val Kilmer in what is probably his weirdest role to date! Yes, Val Kilmer is getting his very own segment of this review. Not that his role takes up much of the movie, but it certainly is memorable. For all the wrong and weird reasons. Also, his lines are clearly done in post-production speak.
You can see it and you can most definitely hear it! For a while, there were rumors that Val Kilmer underwent cancer treatment, which he later confirmed to be correct. This might be the explanation. Maybe — and this is a crazy suggestion, I know — use a Norwegian actor. For this Norwegian character. From a Norwegian book by a Norwegian writer. Which takes place in Norway. Well, sort of. We also have a Danish actor in David Dencik. He plays one of the most fascinating characters in the movie.
In fact, he probably comes out of this whole ordeal with the most to show for it. We get J. In this movie, his talents are wasted. The drunk and unpleasant — but somehow super brilliant — detective, who keeps struggling with his own demons.
The Snowmanhowever, is desperately missing a Lisbeth Salander-like character, which is probably a big part of the problem with the movie. She does a great job, but is in far too few scenes for us to get any sense of who she is.
Brilliant actor, who works well in this movie, but with very few scenes. Still, Scandinavians will probably take it more to heart. Harry Hole is a chain-smoking alcoholic, which is his own issue. However, you cannot smoke indoors in very many buildings in Scandinavia. Also, nobody lights up a cigarette in a Scandinavian home without asking permission. If you do, then prepare to be Keep It In The Family - Donald Wilson - Fred The Snowman out or have water Unknown Artist - The Transformers: When Continents Collide in your face.
If you manage to even light it before being stopped. Furthermore, I can guarantee you that we would indeed find it very strange if a grown-ass adult runs around building creepy Our Love - The Theatre Orchestra - Movie Go Round. Especially alone and late at night on a busy street.
That case would be solved in no time. What shocks me the most is the fact that a Swedish director is behind this. And the grand finale with The Snowman killer?
One of the most anti-climatic moments ever. If you do decide to watch this movie, then good luck. Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment even if the animals are just really good actors.
Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And Keep It In The Family - Donald Wilson - Fred The Snowman assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure! So does the movie do justice to the amazing book? In a word: No! But The Snowman? WTF happened to Val Kilmer? Crazy idea, I know! Plot Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
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