The Ice Harvest Reviews
Having read the masterful novel this movie is based on, prior to watching this, I'd say that this is a worthy adaptation. R.I.P Harold Ramis, you did good here. The Ice Harvest is an underrated little crime comedy and one of Cusack's better performances in the 2000's. It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is great in this, he can play any role perfectly. Connie Nielsen surprised me here because she is such a dangerously hot vixen in this and it's hard not to stare. It's weird to see her in a role like this but she nails it. Oliver Platt, on the other hand, ehh. He has some good scenes throughout but he stumbles here and there in the first half and it's off-putting.
Scott Phillips is the man; a great author who knows how to construct clever stories. Richard Russo and Robert Benton adapted his novel into a pretty wicked script. The introduction of the film hooks you in but then, the first half is dull and almost sinks the ship. However, I come back to this movie every winter because of the last half. I really enjoy how things play out and the ending is great. It more than makes up for the first half and has a wild climax. Also, I find Oliver Platt likable in the final half, way more than the first, that's for sure. The bleak and pitch black humor helps the film out a lot too. It would be forgettable if it wasn't for that smart addition.
Anyways, if you're looking for something to do on an overcast winter day, I suggest giving this a watch. It's not an amazing film but it's solid and definitely underrated. The acting is great, the script has it's clever moments and the last half is a blast. The Ice Harvest is a fun and criminally under-seen flick with a wintry heart. Check it out!
P.S. As Wichita falls, so falls Wichita Falls.