A bizarro fairytale that really showcases the director's no-holds-barred vision that seems so out of left field to a western eye. I could really have done without the main hero, (I'm sorry, Chris Evans), but otherwise there was a delectable cast of characters and the unrelenting pace and the clever use train cars as increasingly more whimsical set pieces made up for the questionable plot.
I'm not a big fan of the goofy comic relief in Joon-Ho's films. I enjoyed the second half where they advanced through the surreal settings of the front train. I think I even spotted a Dali reference. The sequence with the engine and Ed Harris was good, the very last scene eiher made no sense or was very ambiguous.
Tried to give this film a second chance, but find it still very trivial and - regarding other films of Bong Joon-Ho - dissapointing. The train as metaphor for the world and the human struggle for life: that's not enough to make a good movie and doesn't bypass the gap between pathos and (unintentionally?) comical elements.
The distinctive look of the film is beset by flimsy, pompous writing that thinks it invented post-apocalyptic SF. Being unfamiliar with Le Transperceneige, I don't know if the adaptation or the source material is to blame. I'm inclined to believe the graphic novel had more time and room to evolve its themes and ideas into something coherent. At this point, I just don't care.
Mi trovo in difficoltà a giudicare questo film: l'idea di base è ottima, ma non credo sia stata affrontata nel modo migliore. Grande interpretazione della Swinton, ma da sola non può molto. Le tre stelle sono per lei e per alcune, purtroppo sporadiche, scene intense ed inaspettate.
The dialogue often felt clunky and out of place delivered by the English-speaking actors. It seemed like the delivery could be shifted to better fit the mood. Go Ah Sung, Song Kang Ho and Tilda Swinton were engaging to watch. So many plot holes though. So much unexplained.
Contemporary film industry spills out glittery, hasty CGI and popcorn munching movies filled with temporary bursts of hysteria that count as real and intense acting. The plotline is even worse than a 60's sci fi movie where at least the futuristic possibility of such of a story to happen is somewhat close to happening. I'd take Ed Wood movies over this any time.