Tomas Alfredson is a good director of films. He’s the man that gave us the original version Let the Right One In (a modern horror classic) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (a dense espionage thriller) so, good pedigree. He’s is not, however, very good at the advertisement of films. The Snowman, his latest, is a bizarre mess of movie. Disjointed and confusing. Now, even prior to its U.S. release, he’s out telling everyone why.
His words via a recent interview with Collider:
“It happened very abruptly,” he said. “Suddenly we got notice that we had the money and could start the shoot in London.. Our shoot time in Norway was way too short. We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing… It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.”
So… here you have a whodunit/cop/mystery/thriller in the vein of The Silence of the Lambs and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and there are chunks missing. LOLOLOLOL A style of movie that is completely reliant on “putting the pieces together.” The film is missing around 15% of the story, according to the report, and it is more than evident. So, in honor of this major motion picture meltdown that is The Snowman Fiasco, I will omit 15% of all words from the remainder of the review: