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The Ice Storm (1997)

US 113m, Colour
Director: Ang Lee; Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Jamey Sheridan, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Katie Holmes

IcestormSet in 1973, The Ice Storm is a dark poignant drama about two wealthy Connecticut couples who experiment with infidelity while their children fumble with drugs, sex and alcohol. The parent’s double standard might not only be a source of confusion for their children, but is a suggestion that adulthood is not necessarily all that distinguishable from adolescence. The Ice Storm further suggests that America of the 1970s, like the characters in the story, was also coming of age – with the nation’s naievity being stripped away by events during the Nixon era (Klaus Ming July 2013).

2 comments on “The Ice Storm (1997)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    07/05/2013

    When this came out, it was back when I was seeing and reviewing a lot of movies, and it was a toss-up between this and LA Confidential for my favorite movie of the year. I guess it was the usual choice between small-and-solid vs. ambitious-but-flawed.

    It surprised me at the end that Kevin Kline’s name came up first in the credits, since the movie mostly seemed to be about the women. I thought Sigourney Weaver was magnificent, so perfectly conveying how ill-fitted she was for being “Janey” the suburban wife and mother, and how an affair would be so unsatisfactory as a solution. Watching it, I kept thinking how this was Ripley, for goodness sake! Couldn’t they see that? 🙂

    Plus, what a collection of young actors. Spider-man, Frodo Baggins, Wednesday Addams, Claire (from Go), and Mr. Universe. 🙂

    • Klaus
      07/05/2013

      Definitely, an amazing who’s who of young actors!

      I wanted to like this film more than I actually did. I’m not sure what it was lacking. it looked great and had very good acting. I’m wondering how it compares to the book – if there’s something that didn’t translate?

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