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With fine acting and considerable emotional depth, Snow Angels aptly captures the highs, and especially the lows of human relationships.
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So when the film's moment of horror arrives, it's not with suspense but instead the sort of dully anticipatory inevitability that drains as much energy from the story as from the audience.
It's a movie that keeps its distance from the characters, so much that we can shudder at what we fear is to come but aren't really allowed to mourn the innocent trapped in this downward spiral.
A perfect match of material and sensibility.
It's well-made. Searingly acted. Potent. And by the time it was over, its climax realized at the water's edge of insanity and grief, I felt beaten about the head with sticks.
Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power.
The writing and the performances are such that as things go from bad (sad motel-room affairs) to worse (a 4-year-old gone missing), the film's characters get inside your skin, your soul. It's enough to make you want to cry.
Tragedy is juxtaposed, clumsily, with stories from the so-called life of a high school student, as if the plot had sprained something in the course of its transition from Stewart O'Nan's novel to the screen.
[Snow Angels] is aching with cross-purposes and shimmering with flirty jokes.
It starts out as a lyrically beautiful work, but goes amiss at the halfway mark and concludes with a misplaced harrowing finale.
There's still a lot of excellent work in Snow Angels. The first hour is utterly engrossing. But there's also a lot of wasted potential, which is too bad.
Frequently perched between the poetic and the twee, Green has been bitten by the Whimsy Bug
Impressive for the mood it creates, the film may not totally satisfy, but the characters are richly depicted and reflect the snowy winter chill that surrounds them
Stories about teenage love and a marriage that has all but disintegrated are interconnected in this drama.
Strong performances by Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell highlight this indie drama, but the film's weakness is its inability to either reach the Altman Standard for interconnecting stories or link the stories with a common theme. The best that I can manage for a common theme is weak: I think the film suggests that relationships inevitably decay despite the grand optimism with which we enter them, a claim evidenced by the parallels between Annie and Glenn's marriage and their younger counterparts. But I feel like I'm doing more work than the film is in order to tease some semblance of sense.
Overall, this effort represents the dangers of trying to do too much and fit a whole novel into a medium that can't carry all the weight.
An overwrought tragedy, that doesn't provide much of a purpose. A good watch for Beckinsale and Rockwell fans, maybe.
"It's easy for...for us to block out the things that upset us. That's what I do. That's what most people do. But it's important that you feel through this." Hmmm. Ah...well. Where to begin with this one?
I had high hopes for Snow Angels. I'm a fan of Sam Rockwell, Olivia Thirlby, and Kate Beckinsale, and was looking forward to seeing them all in an indie drama that seemed promising from all the reviews I've read. Needless to say, my expectations were not met.
Snow Angels had an odd way of becoming less interesting and more muddled as it went along. It's like the writer became less certain of what he wanted to do and the story's message as the movie progressed. The beginning was promising, but by the the time the film meandered to its close, I was thoroughly confused about what the point was of all the interconnected characters and their actions.
I quite enjoy "different" movies, as a rule, but Snow Angels did little for me. None of the performances were noteworthy enough to overcome a story that seemed to lack a central theme after it reaches an emotional highpoint near the middle of the movie. This one left me scratching my head, and not in a good way.
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Griffin Dunne, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirby, Nicky Katt, Amy Sedaris, Jeanetta Arnette, Lita Llewellyn, Connor Paolo
Director: David Gordon Green
Summary: Based on Stewart O'Nan's novel, this indie drama from writer-director David Gordon Green intertwines parallel stories about teenager Arthur Parkinson (Michael Angarano) and the broken family of his former baby-sitter, Annie Marchand (Kate Beckinsale). Once the object of Arthur's boyhood infatuation, small-town waitress Annie heads down a fateful path after enduring a stormy relationship with her estranged spouse (Sam Rockwell).
My Thoughts: "I'm a fan of David Gordon Green, and he never disappoints with any film he does. Another dark drama that's depressing from beginning to end. The story of the failed marriage of Glenn and Annie, is the most disturbing and hard to watch relationship in this film. One of Sam Rockwell's best performances. He really was great in this film. The film in a whole has a lot of great acting in it, with Kate Beckinsale and Michael Angarano being two of them. The winter setting really captures the mood of the movie, cold and depressing. Great film, that slowly builds to a very dramatic ending. It's definitely worth taking a look at."
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