The Snowman Review

When people start to go missing in Norway, Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearances when it suddenly turns into tracking down a serial killer before he takes another victim.

Whenever there is a film with Michael Fassbender in, you know that you’re going to get a good performances and that he normally chooses good films to be in, despite Assassin’s Creed, but that wasn’t his fault. Again he gives another good performance in The Snowman, but we have come to expect that. Rebecca Ferguson is another person who is consistently good in what she has been in since her star power has risen since appearing in Mission Impossible 5. The rest of the cast are in the background, not having screen time and you don’t spend too much time with them.

The Snowman is an adaptation of a book by Jo Nesbo, and that book must be a long read. The film is pretty slow, it might make a better book, and by the reviews for the film, the book must be better. Despite being gorgeously shot with lots of great shots and a great use of colour, the content is lacking. The film didn’t take any sudden any unexpected turns, I was able to not only predict the killer as soon as I saw them for the first time, I could have predicted the steps that got us to the end, which was quite disappointing. It’s not bad but just too predictable.

Another annoying point was the odd choice of some edits. It was clear to see that the additional dialogue recordings didn’t always line up with the mouth moving on-screen multiple times. It is lazy editing and horrible for an audience to see, as it takes you out of the film straight away.

Overall, The Snowman is a good time but suffers from being too predictable and not bringing anything special to the crime genre to stand out enough.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What did you think of The Snowman?

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