T.Alfredson never intended to make a bad film like this but sad to say things didn't work out as planned. Still I wouldn't build a snowman for the director. The story doesn't work for most of the time and often it feels too simple. The ending was awful and it doesn't make so much sense. But that's happening when at least 15% of the script were never filmed. It could have been a better movie so easily. 5.25/10
Although it might be easy for some viewers (aka thriller genre nerds) to guess who the killer is, the level of suspense keeps you engaged and alert at all times. The beautiful cinematography also deserves a shout out. Wish they had tied up all the loose ends in the story though.
Great locations, cast, photo, ok soundtrack, great sound design, competent director and decent source material. BUT, all of this does not matter since the director did not get time enough to shoot the whole script. What we are left with are pieces of a story slapped together without much sense, motivation or agency. The biggest fault is the villain whose motivation is completely nonsensical. Train wreck!!!
I am trying to remember things about this movie and I can't, except that already when watching it I couldn't. Harry Hole has sex while Sigur Ros plays, I think. Wait, why did the killer build snowmen? Why is a homeless man on this case? Who are any of these characters? I think this gets political at some point? J.K Simmons is in this? What?
One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I can not help but wonder if things could have have turned out differently if they just stuck to the book. The scenes are scattered, and it's really hard to follow the plot; 90% of the decisions made by the characters make zero sense to those who didn't read the book. There's music in literally. every. scene. in the movie, and the entire cast looks lost. It's a huge mess.