Amidst poor reviews, “The Snowman” director Tomas Alfredson says that his film isn’t any good. The helmer, who stepped into Martin Scorsese’s shoes after the latter switched from directing the movie to just executive-producing it, admits the big-screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s novel is an absolute disaster of a movie.
Speaking to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK, Alfredson stated that there were huge gaps left in the story due to the limited time availability. “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short. We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing,” he revealed.
“It happened very abruptly, suddenly we got notice that we had the money and could start the shoot in London,” explained the filmmaker. He suggested about 10 to 15 percent of the script wasn’t filmed. Even after reshoots, the filmmaker didn’t think the movie would work. “It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture,” he said.
The movie starring Michael Fassbender which is set to arrive in the United States on October 20 was already critically-panned, scoring 16% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 28 weighted average on Metacritic. It opened first in the U.K. on October 13.
” ‘The Snowman’ is a largely pedestrian affair, turgid and humorless in tone,” writes The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Dalton. “The cast share zero screen chemistry, much of the dialogue feels like a clunky first draft and the wearily familiar plot is clogged with clumsy loose ends. While Nesbo’s novel was a pulpy page-turner, formulaic but effective, Alfredson and his team have somehow managed to drain it of tension.”
Guy Lodge agrees, writing for Variety, “Like a game of narrative Jenga, every excised element appears to have weakened the whodunnit’s overall structure, toward a climax that may well succeed in catching viewers off-guard.” He notes, “But in large part because of how little sense, both practically and emotionally, it makes in immediate retrospect.”
Matt Goldberg of Collider savagely writes, “The cinematic equivalent of hypothermia…The worst part of ‘The Snowman’ is when you’re halfway through the film and you realize no answer is going to make this tedious picture come together.”