By Taylor Vann
“The Snowman,” originally a book by Jo Nesbø, is excellently adapted to screenplay in the movie by the same name, directed by Tomas Alfredson. The movie, which was released on Oct. 20, is full of plot twists and suspense, despite initial reviews from critics stating otherwise.
The film follows an alcoholic detective in Harry Hole, played by Michael Fassbender, and his partner-in-crime Katrine Bratt, played by Rebecca Ferguson. In Oslo, the capital of Norway, the two detectives find themselves chasing a serial killer who leaves snowmen around the bodies of his victims, who the detectives determine to be mothers in struggling marriages.
Fassbender does an excellent job of playing the alcoholic, chain-smoking Harry Hole, though at times the character feels cliché. The movie, which is based off a series starring Hole, does its best to allow the audience to catch up on previous incidents Hole has taken part of. He is not overly dramatic but is solemn in his work. Coupled with the arctic landscape, “The Snowman” proves to be eerie and mysterious.
At times, there appear to be plot points that are unexplainable from the movie’s own explanations. However, these portions of the script can be racked up to the movie coming from a series of books.
Part of this problem comes from the movie’s disturbing appearances with perverted older men. Both Arve Støp, the CEO of the Olympic planning committee played by J.K. Simmons, and a surgeon played by David Dencik commit pedophilic acts throughout the movie which often seem unnecessary and unsettling.
While this distracts from the main plot at times, the accomplished actors in lead roles such as Rebecca Ferguson playing Katrine Bratt, make for great storytelling. In her role as Hole’s partner-in-crime, she is both serious and intriguing in her quest to find the the serial killer.
Despite the first-rate actors and accomplished director in Tomas Alfredson, “The Snowman” fared poorly in the box office. Critics claim its lack of thrill causes it to be boring and dull. While this movie isn’t a classic jump-scare frenzy, it is suspenseful and thrilling in its own way.
“The Snowman” is not for viewers who want fast-paced action and jump scare after jump scare, but is intriguing and impressive nonetheless. Alfredson does a great job using his talented group of actors to transfer Jo Nesbø’s story into a screenplay.