Snow Angels Reviews
When someplace we see there is not much seeing when it's not enough in seeing that we rather go to other places where it's different and much more pleasant. When we see being in someplaces we see others don't have enough to see that others were hoping in seeing in things changing. When someplaces we hope to escape in seeing to rely on those to see us go other places don't come through when we had high hopes and others have no hopes to know what different places we go in opposite directions. When somethings we rather see when other things want to see us but we don't want to see them when we hope to escape somethings we are seriously seeing but know we stuck in some places. When we hate seeing somethings when it puts us in awkward, hateful and strange places to know we rather be other places but can't when we are stuck here. When someplaces others are in we see we hate others taking our place when we wish others could see us that way and find a place in their heart. When we see others prefer to get place to place but we only see one place we rather be when it's our family place as the patriarch then anything else. When we enjoy being in good places rather then dark places to know what place is right for us. When someplaces are tightly small to see for us to know someplaces are ideal in helping those in need. When we rather be in other places when we need to escape, to run, to get high, to find a new place when we hate seeing what we see. When someplaces we go when we hate seeing what we see we go for answers when there is no other place to go. When someplaces we go when what we see we can't unseen when we are in new places we hate seeing when it's dark. When someplaces we rather be we can't when someplaces we are now in when can't get out from that we no longer will see someplaces the way it is. When someplaces we rather see is ourselves in a happy place that we once were. When there are places we go when we die, when we need to escape, reminder of what we lost, and a place we know where others are to know someplaces we see when it is hard to see. When we see why seeing others is hard when others put us in those places when it's good or bad places to know what sticks with us is forever. When what other places others go, we see others don't mind when we know what others are like in places to know they are in safe places to not worry. When someplaces we go we see they are promising when it's for what we always thought it would be, what we are hoping, what we wish could be here. When someplaces we need others to see where others go to escape when they hate someplaces to know how it feels. When we see what places we both take eachother to know what place we must go when we lost it all and a place where we join others we lost. When having a place to hold onto we see other places don't matter as much, when we are part of place that sticks together. When there is always a place for us whether we like what we see where they are we know it's better then other places we rather not go to.
David Gordon Green is in the list of my top ten favorite directors and this movie is one of the main reasons for that. As I said in my review for "Undertow", his films are like magic to me. There's a few exceptions here and there (Your Highness, The Sitter and Our Brand Is Crisis) but overall, I mostly love his work. George Washington, All The Real Girls and Snow Angels are some of the best movies I've ever watched. Hell, even Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche are both two of my favorite comedies. The man knows film and also how to work his way into my heart. Thank you, David.
I'm not a huge fan of Kate Beckinsale but this is easily the finest she's ever been. Her portrayal as Annie was some seriously impressive work; she held back at all the right moments and it really surprised me. Now here's an honest question: when the hell is Sam Rockwell ever bad in a film? He chews up the scenery with his performance here and his role further solidifies him as one of my favorite actors. Glenn is such a tragic character who we watch gradually fall into darkness and it's the highlight of the film. DGG knows when to be real and doesn't flinch in the face of authenticity.
Snow Angels is a masterpiece drama that's filled to the brim with realistic depictions of relationships (On both sides of the fence), magnetic acting and a director who knows how to make tragedies a beautiful thing. This is one of DGG's top quality films and it's a brutally realistic drama that has a few shocking and brilliant moments that knock my socks off and elevate this film above what it could've been. If you're looking for a dark and depressing drama about the bad side of two separated parents, this is a must-see. It's a great watch and I couldn't recommend it enough. The ending is my favorite scene and it's worth watching just to see the outcome of these characters. One of my favorite dramas without a doubt. Highly recommended.
P.S. S/O to Michael Angarano. I love you, man. Keep it up.
His slice of life drama is filled with rich characters and honest dialogue, and the performances are equal to the tremendous script. Both Green and his actors leave you in turmoil here, sometimes evoking sadness and horror both in the same moment. Witness the emotionally draining scene at the end, the film's final tragedy involving Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. It's sad, scary and haunting all at the same time. Hearing Beckinsale utter her final word may be the saddest thing I've seen in a film in a long, long time.
Green has a way of moving an audience that few other filmmakers have mastered, as in the simple scene in which Rockwell removes a picture off the wall revealing a handprint he left there as a child. It's so fundamental but powerful thinking about the character's innocent childhood transformed into such a turbulent grown-up life.
Rockwell and Beckinsale give strong performances. And in the middle of it all are the remarkable Olivie Thirlby and Michael Angarano, two teenagers whose budding relationship is funny and touching but also represents hope for the future amid all of the despair on display.
"Snow Angels" is a tough movie to watch, but ultimately the experience is rewarding due to the fine writing and exceptional acting. Many have accused the film of being depressing, and while it is profoundly sad but so is life sometimes. This is a powerful reflection of that.