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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.
Didn’t realize this movie took place over Thanksgiving so that was a nice fit for today. It’s definitely one of the best movies of the 90s and I am really surprised it was virtually ignored by the academy. It is chock full of superb restrained performances and every single shot is like a painting. Look at that cover art for the Criterion bluray. It’s gorgeous. An incredible cast, a wonderful, fearless script peeling back the layers of these two families and not shying away from their darkness, and perfect direction definitely make this a classic. One of my favorites.
A holiday classic.
(I realize this is the boring snooty film snob equivalent of watching Die Hard every Christmas but this movie does the holiday thing so well as well as a ridiculously on-point deconstruction of the Fantastic Four)
Feel like this gets more inscrutable every time I watch it. The performances are great from top to bottom. Makes me sad that Ricci doesn't really work anymore.
The cast is phenomenal as is the depiction of the era. Some character arcs aren't as strong as others.
The reason I wanted to see this film is because of the cast. Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, and Christina Ricci are all actors that I enjoy watching. I didn't know that this film was based on a book or really anything about it. Well, I didn't really care for it. This movie has a lot of underage drinking, drug abuse, and sexual content. I just don't like watching things like that to this extreme. It was very awkward to watch, and this is a film that will not stay in my collection. I did have a lot of people make good comments on my instagram about this film, but I just guess it missed the mark for me. In my opinion, pass on this one. There are better drama films out there.
Nature plays a huge part in almost all of the work Ang Lee does. That he doesn’t pander our become some kind of obnoxious environmentalist is something I have much gratitude for. The most fascinating element of "The Ice Storm" is not only in the restrained way it captures a historical American frame-of-mind beneath melodramatic stories of sexual expression - but the fact that Lee recalls history even beyond the period he is analyzing. Mychael Danna’s music score for the film is filled with vibrations of Native American tribal instruments and riffs; and the way trees and other small forms of nature are spliced throughout really raises thoughts on how eventful the world is to people while elements still go on and on around us. That nature lends hand to "The Ice Storm"’s final scene can only be recalled as absolutely perfect.
A small family gathers together to celebrate the holiday. The daughter watching TV about political scandal, the son preparing to go back home from school by getting high with his friend, a husband thinking when he can next met up with his lover, a wife losing the connection with her family and an ice storm coming to bring those lives together.
Ang Lee's The Ice Storm opens with Tobey Maguire illustrating the connection between a Marvel Fantastic Four comic book and the function of families. From this, we gain an understanding; the Fantastic Four, though heroes, act like a family, each with their own powers and problems. He also explains how each member of the Fantastic Four goes…
I have been scalped by everyone and everything that has to do with this movie.
Steadily tightening all around the main characters of two dysfunctional families, "The Ice Storm" explores people's desires and fears right on the edge of the explorative 1970's.
Great performances and wonderful direction from Ang Lee.
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