The Snowman is a Movie that defies you to keep watching it. Who are all these characters? Who forgot to give them chemistry and coherence? And all these sinister snowmen—are we in some sort of dark Pillsbury universe here?
You know a movie's doomed when its director admits what a mess it is even before its US release. Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish filmmaker best known for his excellent vampire-kids flick Let the Right One In and the so-so Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy remake, got handed The Snowman after Martin Scorsese stepped away from the project very late in the production game. In a recent interview for the Norwegian Broadcasting System, Alfredson complained that he was given insufficient time for filming, and that resources were so thin that he was unable to shoot 10 to 15 per cent of the script, leaving narrative holes he couldn't finesse in the editing—even with the emergency assistance of Scorsese's longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker, writes Kurt Loder in his latest review for Reason.
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