Alcoholic detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) takes on a case where a killer is targeting women with one thing in common. Along the way, Hole is being taunted by the killer, while also trying to uncover the secret his partner Katrine (Rebecca Ferguson) is holding.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was definitely intrigued. I then made it my mission to read the book. I wasn’t too thrilled with, but that’s a different story. The film version of The Snowman, was terrible. It suffers from an extremely weak script that is so bland, boring, and empty. While watching the film, it seemed clear that this was a rushed film. Everything just seemed all thrown together with some pretty significant changes here and there. In general, it’s just a huge mess, and even by the end there isn’t any real pay-off and it’s extremely anti-climactic. It also completely devoid of thrills and intensity. I don’t want to go too far into book/film differences since I think comparing the two is pointless, so I’ll make this statement quick. In the novel there are several scenes that play out longer and are pretty fricken intense. However, these scenes are relegated to extremely short and boring sequences that feel half-assed. Even the mystery of the killer just doesn’t have as much presence. The whole time I was waiting for some good stuff to happen that the mystery of who the killer is doesn’t even matter anymore. So when the killer is revealed, you’re just like, eh whatever. And for the killer’s motive, it’s laughable and pathetic. As far as characters in the film go, we are given the basic ingredients to make them potentially interesting, but it’s as if the limited amount of background for these characters are just thrown at us, but they don’t do anything with them. Instead, the characters become boring and uninteresting. What’s even more disappointing is that the normally outstanding Michael Fassbender isn’t even up to par, and you can tell he’s struggling to make do with what he has. Rebecca Ferguson could have done well with her role too as the feisty but mysterious new partner for Fassbender’s character, but they just have her running around spying on J.K. Simmons’ character and not really doing anything much of interest.
This could have been a good mystery/thriller, but instead we got a terrible, terrible written script and a very clearly rushed production that hurts this film…a lot. Again, I don’t want to make this a whole book vs. movie thing, but if you have interest in the movie, just skip it and read the book. It’s much better written and has more substance and more going on than this script, even if I wasn’t entirely crazy about the book either.