The Snowman (2017)

dir. Tomas Alfredson

Disclaimer: Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole book series is amazing, and The Snowman is one of its best entries. Now that’s out of the way, we can turn to the fact that this 2017 adaptation is one of the most idiotic films ever put together. The difficulty is, the script really heavily relies on the notion that snowmen are scary. Therefore, the script fundamentally fails due to the reality that snowmen are not, in fact, scary. So all the zoom-ins and jump cuts of snowmen sadly do not have the desired impact and just come across as very, very, very funny. In addition, the protagonist isn’t afforded much characterisation beyond “tortured alcoholic detective”, which makes it hard to invest. In fact the characters across the board have about as much warmth and relatability to them as a snowman. In a way, that is actually very scary.

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