Five Reasons You’ll Love It - February 19, 2018

The Snowman - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

The Snowman - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It’s taken Jo Nesbø’s enigmatic detective Harry Hole a long time to reach the big screen. 11 novels, over 20 million books sold and a good few years of development hell, but it’s finally here.

The role of the detective, who comes with a fondness for a drink and feckless attitudes to love and work, has been linked to a few leading men, but it’s Michael Fassbender, fresh from a starring role in Alien: Covenant, who takes on the mantle.

Originally booked with Martin Scorsese in the director’s chair, but now in the hands of Tomas Alfredson, director of Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the film is a dark, brooding adaptation, shot entirely on location in Norway.

Starring alongside Fassbender are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, Jakob Oftebro and Chloë Sevigny.

The story follows Hole as he is brought in to investigate the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, only to discover that this is the tip of an extremely bloody iceberg and he has a serial killer on his hands.

Alfredson works from a script from Drive writer Hossein Amini and Deepwater Horizon's Matthew Carnahan, with Scorsese sticking around as an executive producer.

The film is out on DVD on Monday (February 19th) and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love it..


It’s lean and utterly thrilling…

The film zips along, packed with endless twists and turns, but all within a running time of just over two hours. An excellent job all round.


It looks beautiful…

The non-bloody bits that is. The film is full of gorgeous shots of snowy Norwegian hills and mountain ranges, you’ll definitely leave the cinema wanting to book a trip there.


Michael Fassbender is a brilliant Harry Hole…

As we’ve said, it’s taken a long time for Nesbø’s enigmatic detective to reach the big screen, but it’s been worth the wait to see Fassbender take it. He’s brooding, wild-eyed, but also utterly captivating.


The supporting cast are impeccably chosen...

Alfredson has assembled an excellent supporting line-up, but particularly good are Rebecca Ferguson as Hole’s brief partner Katrine Bratt and J.K. Simmons as sleazy captain of industry Arve Stop. There’s also a wonderful small turn from Val Kilmer to enjoy too.


Things are set up nicely for a second round...

Box office willing, there’s plenty more to come from Fassbender’s Hole, god knows there’s enough source material...


The Snowman is released into cinemas today (October 13th) and will be available to pre-order here in hmv’s online store later today.

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