Snow Angel (2011)
No middle ground here. You'll either love it or hate it.
Snow Angel, without giving away the film, mainly revolves around one feeling. Being helpless, and it does so in a manner I have to say is quite original. Looking for flash and pizazz-aroony? Not here. Looking for big booms and loud bangs? Nope. What does lie here quietly waiting for viewers like me, is a sickening feeling of isolation and despair. A feeling of looking out from the main characters eyes.... really. All tied in with a simplistic approach that actually compliments the story rather than trying to add to it. That in itself is a feat only the real talented can do, and do they did!
For all the impatient types? This is not for you! As a matter of fact, there's no middle ground here. You'll either hate it or love it! Myself? I really enjoyed it but I'll admit, for the first bit I had my doubts. Then, slowly something happened. Without even realizing it I was drawn into the film and really cared about what was going on. I can't even put my finger on when it happened. Just this. I had my doubts, I watched, and then... I was simply there! I didn't feel it happening or know it was, it just did! Mr. Arcilesi completely did what he wanted (Or so I assume) and sucked me in like an old Hoover over a dirty rug. To be honest? I was a little shocked, but in a good way.
I have to give a high five to actor Charles Lo Manto who plays Jacob. In the world of independent film, finding decent actors can be tough, finding good ones even more so, but Mr. Manto nails this film! He pulls it off! Add to that the way this movie is set up and he should win a damn Oscar! Really top shelf stuff here! As for Kelly-Marie Murtha, only a little time onscreen but repeat the last few lines you just read! It's sad to see that a couple independent actors can out-do some of their top paid counter parts, but it's also a really cool thing at the same time!
In the area of visuals Snow Angel does NOT let down in a way you'd think. It's very simple. Really simple actually. But it works for this film. As I stated earlier there's nothing really flashy here... or is there? The flick is shot and edited so well that nothing really sticks out or is out of place. And when talking about a mainly static film that's hard. Sound like an insult rather than a plus? It's not. It takes a real great team to put something together that you don't pay any attention to. To make something look easy and "Flow-y"... or in this case not so easy. I have to say that this entire production reeks of pro peoples both in front of and behind the camera.
So. What do I think? I think this film will not appeal to everyone. But for those who stick with it... You'll be glad you did. Anyhow, if you realize there's no planets exploding, no blood and guts spewing from every man made hole or gash, know that some monster isn't going to come jumping out from the corner of the room, you'll find a great little film that tackles the human condition (In my opinion) and the feeling of being apart and alone.
This is a mood film and as such is a top notch flick easily worth the 3.5 / 5 I rate it.