The Ice Storm (1997)
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Critic Reviews for The Ice Storm
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.
The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney.
It's unfortunate that as capable a team as director Lee and screenwriter-producer Schamus should have become fascinated with such unpromising material.
Audience Reviews for The Ice Storm
It was hard to feel anything about any of the characters in this story. They were all encased in, well, in ice and maybe that's the point. But I wanted to FEEL a little of that quiet desperation. Then again, maybe the point was NOT to feel. Anyway, I'm glad we're not living in 1973 anyway. Key parties? Really? Looks like a total drag.This is what happens when people who have too much of a.) disposable income and b) time on their hands. Part of DVD binge my husband and I did in the famous unrelenting winter of 2014.
Ang Lee's subtle and sedate look at two families in 1973 Connecticut suburbia has a lot of lives of quiet desperation, longing, yearning ... for what? Nobody knows. The television in the background suggests that its out there. What? Where? Nobody knows.
Though I really dig the whole postapocalyptic end-of-the-world, freak of nature weather stuff, it was just too sapped of genuine emotion for me to care about this much.
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