Film Review: Snowpiercer (2013)
My Rating: 5.9 craft beers on a 6-pack scale (no such thing as a perfect 6-pack!).
Rating: R (not finding a rating but, yeah, I’d give it an R)
Runtime: 126 mins
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong
Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson (others as well but I didn’t want to turn the page)
Note: English language film, also Korean, Japanese, French
Terribly ugly awfully perfect film. Yeah you read that right. Wrap your brain around that!
As usual there will be no spoilers in this quick and dirty review. There may be allusions and feelings (yuck…feelings) but no spoilers herein lie.
Silly humans destroy the world. Only a train with an engine that seems to be able to run forever allows the remnants of silly humanity to survive (you may wonder why bother at the end of this movie though). To what end I don’t entirely know, but it is not the end that this movie is at all about; it’s absolutely about the journey. The movie could end abruptly a half-hour or more early and nearly the same effect would have been had. Still I suggest you watch the whole thing.
I attempt to have my film reviews at under 500-words. Usually 500 plus or minus a paragraph gets the job done. I will attempt to do the same here, however I doubt I’ll be successful in this endeavor. To get us started I begin with this: I loved this movie so much that I never want to see it again. Why? Well…because it made me angry. And I loved it for it.
Why did it make me angry? When I say it made me angry I don’t want to convey the notion that I’m upset at the film in anyway, no, not at all. I’m upset at myself. I’m upset that I didn’t pay enough attention to my 11th grade English class with Mr. Alan Watt’s. I remember skipping his class. I remember sleeping in his class. But what I don’t remember clearly is Dante’s Inferno because I was simply too cool for school and the likes. Had I paid closer attention I perhaps would have enjoyed this film even more than I did already. Thankfully I paid attention in social studies when we were instructed on class systems and the inherent struggles of the proletariat versus the aristocracy and upper class. Read Dante’s Inferno and then remember your class system struggles studies, and the fact that this is a movie set upon a train in an apocalyptic world (with a humanity that wants to survive but most assuredly does not deserve to do so), and you’ll walk away all the better for having seen this film as first an educated person.
I wanted to watch it again…so I immediately returned it so I wouldn’t get to so as to purposefully torture myself. A wonderful film that my only regret being is that it took so long to see.
Now, why not the perfect rating? Well ever since the perfect-10 with Mary Lou Retton in the Olympics perfection has been forever tarnished. The idea of the “perfect-10” is that there is no way at all, ever, ever, ever, that it could be any better. Since I do not conform to the perfect-10 rating on anything, especially since I am not a corrupt French figure skating judge, I have to point out a couple flaws that kept Snowpiercer, at least in my humble determination from Mary Lou status.
First, John Hurt is wasted. He has some good lines but then the baton is passed/fumbled to Chris Evans who is trying not to come across as Captain America throughout the length of the picture. He kinda sorta almost succeeds. He has one scene where he is definitely NOT Captain America (unless you consider him Captain “Corporate” America…you’ll get the joke hopefully when you see this movie) but other than that he just needs a shield with a star on it and he’s the Marvel superhero we all know and love.
Tilda Swinton is…well, Tilda Swinton. You can’t stand her and you love her for it. She is wonderful so she pushed the movie toward the Mary Lou perfect-10 but, like the rather wasteful performance of John Hurt (seriously…was he sick one day during an important scene and they Bong just decided to move on without him?), you’ll then find Jamie Bell’s character wasted. Sad…almost won the gold with that 10. Oh well. A 5.9 is pretty cool in the craftbeer rating world I suppose.
I can’t wait to watch this film again and torture myself by hating myself because it is so terribly awesome.
P.S. Perhaps it should be noted that this review was written while I was under the influence of vodka. You see I’ve had the flu/cold and thought I needed orange juice to help with an infusion of vitamin-C. BUT, not being a fan of straight OJ, I needed something to make it a little more palatable and thus I’m sure you can now understand the virtue and inclusion of vodka in this situation. So, for the sake of vodka…
…Cheers once more!