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The Ice Storm
It was 1973, and the climate was changing.
In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. Young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.
Ang Lee is simply one of the greatest directors alive. Last year's Life Of Pi solidified that for me. I would compare him to Stanley Kubrick in the way he is able to adapt to many different genres, and master them. Examining any three of his films in a row, in this case 1997's The Ice Storm, an atmospheric, fatalist drama of 1970's New England suburbanite family dysfunction, sandwiched between 1995's Jane Austen period comedy Sense And Sensibility, and 1999's civil war drama Ride With The Devil, shows an artist unwilling to settle into a comfort zone.
When I first saw The Ice Storm, during its theatrical release in 1997, I knew it would become one of the best films…
Your family is the void you emerge from, and the place you return to when you die. And that's the paradox - the closer you're drawn back in, the deeper into the void you go.
Ang Lee is a director that I really need to see more of.
Well, to be more specific, I think Ang Lee needs to make more films like The Ice Storm.
I think as a director, Ang Lee possesses a very rare trait in that he finds an amazing balance between impressive visual prowess and immense human emotion. His latest, Life of Pi I'll admit made me groan at first, but I found the film to be one of the very best of last year;…
Suburbia has always been a fascinating subject to watch on film. Speaking for myself, the allure to the subject has always been the dark secrets that distinguish each household apart in an otherwise indistinguishable neighborhood.
The Ice Storm centers around two middle-class, suburban families, the Hoods (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, and a very young Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci) and the Carvers (Jamey Sheridan, Sigourney Weaver, and a very young Elijah Wood and Adam Hann-Byrd, in the early 1970s as they deal with how the social and political events of the 60s begin to influence suburbia. Every character is looking for love, and it is through their experimentation with sex, drugs and alcohol that they expect to find it.
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Review In A Nutshell:
Thrice now, Ang Lee has struck me in places I never knew existed; first with Life of Pi, then with Brokeback Mountain, now with The Ice Storm. I am now going to provide in this entry a thorough review, as this is another one of those films that I need time and another viewing to fully appreciate its narrative and thematic intentions; everywhere I look during The Ice Storm's running time is filled with symbolism or metaphors and it is a lot to take in a single and initial sitting. Though I am still taking The Ice Storm in, I cannot deny that this film was marvellous. It featured…
I haven't read the novel on which this film is based but will probably seek out for it as I haven't been this impressed and shaken by a (fairly) recent American drama in a long time. Ang Lee's look at suburban, middle-class life is quietly powerful and unfolds in a slow but riveting manner. The titular ice storm is beautifully shot and due to its nature increases the feeling of confinement in the film. It's a very down-to-earth, small-scale film chronicling a few days in the lives of two neighboring families, punctuated by key events that themselves don't immediately create drama but linger over the film in the same way the storm does. The result is atmospheric, cold and brooding,…
The Ice Storm moved me on an emotional level, which is something that Ang Lee films rarely do to me. The cast is phenomenal, the direction is superb, and the writing is top notch. What makes this movie so good though is the characters and the story. Everything that happens actually has an effect on the overall story going on, making this a really strong film. I was deeply touched, and I have few problems with The Ice Storm. Highly recommended.
A glistening and quasi hallucinatory examination of the crumbling ideals of a forgotten era, The Ice Storm is a solemnly powerful film that radiates an intangible and haunting quality that stays with you long after the credits have finished rolling.
Ang Lee constructs a suburbia that feels familiar but also possesses a magically realist atmosphere where everything feels slightly askew, creating a feeling of confliction that watchfully hovers over the film.
Everything about this film is hard to pin down, but resonates deeply regardless. The genuine emotional reaction this pulled out of me is genuinely impressive.
I have to give major credit to all the actors here who all portayed these difficult and uncomfortable roles with believable conviction, including rising…
Give me all the films set in Surburbia. Thanks American Beauty.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Would Ang Lee's The Ice Storm be as effective in a bright summer's day? I think not. The opening has a ghostly, near empty train diligently chugging its way through the icy winter landscape, as a sort of futile attempt to bat back the elements that buffet these suburban families. It shines its headlights out in vain. Other vehicles, including the numerous cars parked on the street too fall to this chilling weather. Would the characters feels as frozen and trapped if it was not below and zero, thus forcing them to stay indoors to keep warm and confront the utter banality of their middle class lives. The answer is no. Ang Lee has composed a quiet, frozen little picture…
Everyone needs to shut the fuck up about American Beauty and talk about The Ice Storm.
That's not good.
This movie is basically a compilation of multiple watershed moments for each character, all happening within a 48 hour period.
Alright...whose bright idea was it to cast Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood in the same movie?
Suburban malaise is a subject that can make films fascinating ("Little Children," "Far from Heaven") or nearly unbearable, and "The Ice Storm," Ang Lee's screen adaptation of the Rick Moody novel, is unfortunately the latter.
There are lots of emotionally constipated characters in this movie, all of them unpleasant, and I had a miserable time spending 2 hours with them. Movies like this have to be careful in giving you something or someone to care about, or otherwise the result is a bunch of overly-privileged yuppies whining about the same problems everyone else has.
The impressive cast features Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver, all of them wasted.
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