I’m sure there were movies about “the dark under belly of the suburbs” before The Ice Storm, but since it there seems to be an endless parade of movies about how the most functional and drab of all places is actually a repressed landscape of cultural crassness and sexual promiscuity. Add in adolescent sexuality and someone having premature ejaculation and you seem to have every suburban domesticated drama of the past 20 years. That said however this is a wonderful movie, for rising above MOST of the genre cliché’s. That and Christina Ricci pulls of an awesome performance as the curious nymphet of the picture, this a few years before she became the staple of cynical femininity. Thank God for Criterion for releasing this film for showcasing Sigorney Weaver, who shines in a world far far removed from her Aliens role. The plot rolls along nicely with a few touches and nuances that would have slipped past a lesser film.
A maelstrom of repressed emotions and sexual desires are let loose in this beautifully restrained drama, a gem that glimmers with surreal originality and delicate poise; it’s not easy to describe the slightly dreamy experience of watching it, but there’s something so meticulous and striking about every shot and every expression that you can’t help admiring the craft that must have gone into its making. And it must have been considerable, with Lee perfectly recreating both the look and the feel of the ’70s, in everything from the clothes to the slightly grainy film used. All in all, it’s a stunning creation, perceptive and heartbreaking, made all the more fascinating when you realise this tragically accurate slice of Americana was made by a foreigner. Perhaps too restrained and slow for some- but all should be able to admire the stunning artistry on display.
The Ice Storm is a film that presents its audience with perspectives of family life and adolescence that we rarely see in film. There is no sugarcoating in this movie. The film takes place in New Canaan, a wealthy town in Fairfield County. The story for the most part follows two families, each with two children about high school age. The kids do drugs, have sex at a young age, and are overall confused and unguided by their parents. The parents engage in spousal trades and secret affairs. Tension builds until the closing of the film when Mikey gets electrocuted to death outside in the storm. Now lets back up and talk about morality and symbolism in The Ice Storm. The film does end a bit too quick but it also proves that life doesn’t stop after a tragedy or disaster. The tile ice storm has a big connection with the theme of the story and it’s made the movie perfect.
This particular movie was very heartfelt to me, even though the characters didn’t seem sane or normal they move you in a different way which causes you to sympathize for them and even care about them. You almost want to reach out and save them from themselves and from each other. The characters seemed so unreal but yet believable enough that you can interpret the characters and compare them with a member of your own family. The roles that they play are very sad but affecting in a strong way because it makes you wonder about human nature and our race itself. People are exceptional and intense but our actions aren’t always explainable. The movie is well crafted, the symbolic meanings behind the cold, bleak and almost fearful weather and atmosphere and also the close comparison between the comic book characters to the real family are overwhelming when you actually give yourself a chance to take it all in and consume it in your mind.The movie made me think about family values in a new light. You realize that there are many dysfunctional and imperfect families, and after watching this movie there is a desire to reach out to your own family and respectfully show them your devotion and unconditional love. The movie was amazing in a way that it makes you realize how powerful communication and affection is within a family because without it, a strong solid family unit can be sadly and painfully torn apart.