Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Review - Snow Cake

I have a confession to make: I love Alan Rickman. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to come out of the “Potions closet”, as it were, and admit to this. After all, if you said at high school that you thought Professor Snape was the best character in Harry Potter, and that Alan Rickman’s voice was actually kind of sexy, you would definitely be in for a good 6 months' worth of teasing.

To be honest though, I still can’t pinpoint what I love about Rickman. Undoubtedly he is a very talented actor, and there is certainly something very distinctive about his voice. Does anyone else agree with me on this one, or am I out on my own?

Anyway, I saw a fabulous movie starring him and Sigourney Weaver (also another great actor). This film is called Snow Cake and it came out in 2006. It’s quite similar to Lars and the Real Girl, as the story concerns accepting people who don’t quite fit society's typical models rather than trying to change them.

The film starts with Alex (Alan Rickman), a very sober, no-nonense, reticent gentleman, giving a ride to free-spirited and outgoing hitchhiker Vivian (Emily Hampshire). Tragedy strikes when a truck crashes into their car, killing Vivian and leaving Alex with just a nose bleed. Alex visits Vivian’s mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver) to apologise, even though the accident wasn’t his fault, but finds that Linda doesn’t show any signs of grief. He discovers this is because Linda suffers from autism. Alex agrees to stay to help Linda out and attend the funeral. What develops is a very sweet and moving film about finding friendship in unexpected places, and how we can all learn something from each other no matter how different we are.

Linda: Do people like you Alex?
Alex: Not much, no.
Linda:  I'm not surprised. It's because those glasses don't look right on your face, you have a long face and those glasses make you look shifty.
Alex: Really?
Linda: Yes.

Linda: B-A-A-N-G.
Alex: You can't have two A's in bang.
Linda: In Comic Book Word Scrabble, you can. You can have three A's if you want.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment:

Until next time :)

1 comment:

  1. Are you kidding? :D Now, it's almost a decade since I used to hang around IMDB's Alan forum... but it was always full of high-school-aged fangirls. :) Wheeeeeeee!
    And I think he has the BEST VOICE EVER!!!