The Iceman

*

Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder star in the true story of hitman Richard Kuklinski’s life.

The film is problematic from the off, in the first scene we see ‘The Iceman’ woo his girl Deborah (Ryder) and, in the same breathe, kill his first victim, mercilessly and quickly in a dark and dingey back alley.

Character stories are difficult to pitch, particularly a true story. Too much emphasis is put on the time, the year, how the character has physically changed, and not enough emphasis is put on the character itself.

Shannon’s portrayal of Kuklinksi is either an ice cold killer or a fiercely loving family man. There is no in between. He is all clenched jaws and sudden explosive rages. It is because of these reasons, that the film proves problematic. Director Ariel Vromen seems to intent to introduce audiences to the ’60s and ’70s changing fashion and has unfortunately lost his Iceman along the way.

Winona Ryder is back, all jewels and long flowing dresses, a bit of a nothing character, who, unfortunately, due to the poor script, we are unable to get any insight in to over the long period which this film spans.

David Schwimmer, James Franco and Chris Evans all make brief appearances, Schwimmer sports a charming mustache, and a number of fetching tracksuits.

All in all a disappointing film, with a script which doesn’t allow the audience any time to understand Kuklinski, or his reasons for doing what he does. It all felt a little lost on me in the end.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

 

 

The Past In Our Pockets, The Future In Our Hearts

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.”

There are moments in life, where we must learn from the past, quite often it shapes us and move onwards in to the future. And we must be a part of the present, the now.

Film makers are like that, quite often, their films reflect something of their past, some demon they are confronting. Legendary Director, Tim Burton (Frankenweenie) confronted one of his bullies in one of his best known films, Edward Scissorhands. The character Jim was a representation of all the jocks who bullied Burton at high school. And his end is rather dramatic, rather cinematic. But was one of the scenes which has made Burton such a brilliant director.

The Rabbit Film has had a momentous week this week, a week of firsts, a week of learning. And, a week of exclusives, for you. Keep your eyes peeled, for the coming term. It’s set to be a corker.