2 November 2015

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm 1997
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Based on novel: by Rick Moody
  • Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd, Katie Holmes
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Kevin Kline – As You Like It, A Prairie Home Companion, Wild Wild West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dave, The January Man, A Fish Called Wanda, Silverado, Sophie’s Choice, Hamlet, the Shakespeare Sessions
    • Joan Allen – The Bourne Supremacy, Pleasantville, Face/Off, Nixon, In Country, Peggy Sue Got Married,
    • Sigourney Weaver – Be Kind Rewind, Infamous, Snow Cake, The Village, Holes, A Map of the World, Alien et al, Death and the Maiden, Dave, Working Girl, The Year of Living Dangerously
    • Tobey Maguire – The Great Gatsby, Spiderman 1 & 2, Cider House Rules, Pleasantville, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    • Christina Ricci – The Man Who Cried, Sleepy Hollow, Desert Blue, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Opposite of Sex
    • Elijah Wood - The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Everything is Illuminated, Paris je t’aime, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Black and White
    • Katie Holmes – Batman Begins
  • Why? Interesting director and cast
  • Seen: Once before a long time ago. Now 11 October 2015 

Families are not necessarily my favourite social unit, especially not rich liberal bourgeois intellectual families like the ones in this film.
It’s the early 70’s with Nixon, Watergate, flared trousers, posters for Jesus Christ Superstar, music by Nilsson and Elton John. The families? Adultery, rebellious kids, smoking, smoking, smoking. Are these families really weird or are they normal in their own world? I don’t know. They seem weird to me.
But also quite interesting. And the whole cast is fun to watch. It’s fun to see adolescent Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood and dorky Kevin Kline, cold-hearted Sigourney Weaver and neurotic shop-lifting Joan Allen.
It’s quite humorous at times. But what’s the point? To show the pathetic absurdity of rich, liberal, bourgeois intellectuals?
And then there’s the ice storm. Someone is bound to get killed. Someone is.
There’s probably a lot of existential symbolism in this film but I won’t bother. It’s enough to say that in spite of everything I quite like it.
Poor devils.

3* of 5


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