Paul Hood: it was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes. They were more like a family. And the more power they had, the more harm they could do to each other without even knowing it. That was the meaning of the Fantastic Four: that a family is like your own personal anti-matter. Your family is the void you emerge from, and the place you return to when you die.
A fantastic cast, young and old (Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood), give wonderful performances in this Ang Lee film that shows various members of two families becoming intertwined in matters of love and sex, and a party that asks people to drop their car keys in a bowl.
Really happy to say that this movie took me by surprise. It's a wonderful nuanced take on the lives of American family life in the 1960s, with great interplay between parents and children. It falls into the 'demise of the American Dream' idea which isn't wholly original but has great strength in depth.
Disappointing. Visually The Ice Storm has all the hallmarks of Ang Lee's best films, but the story is boring. The acting isn't bad. The casting is great. But seriously, out of all the subjects one can chose to translate into film, I think this would have been better left on paper. Like the storyline, there are probably hundreds of things you could do better with your time than sit and watch this.
It was good to see this film again. It's a subtle exploration of the similarities and differences between teenagers and adults in regard to love. However, I'm still on a free trial here, and I was a bit let down by the poor quality of the video. On my Apple TV, Mubi said this film was in HD; on the website it does not. It is a terrible transfer, and I question the usefulness of including movies in such poor quality
The film kept telling me how great the book must be, and how Lee's adaptation fails to capture it. There's a sense of constant incompleteness, that either the scenes run too short or too long, that characters say too little or too much. Worse, most of the interactions are awkward, and not in a "Lanthimos-good-awkward" way. The viewing was still enjoyable, but never emotionally involving.
This film is so wonderfully 90s, though set in the 70s. Christina Ricci delivers one of her riveting performances of the decade as a sort of childish femme fatale, and Joan Allen, though subdued, transmits so much in such a muted way that it's all we need to understand her plight. Beautiful cinematography and art direction (because of course, Ang Lee). A very enjoyable experience.
The movie was far interesting in the last part when things got more emotional. Until then not so much happened. A few moments were a little bit kinky and i was into that, reminded me about some days of my own childhood. The title of the movie says more about the cold inside the characters. Fine performances offered by some good actors. The kids really did well. 7.25/10 (good drama movie)