Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Funny Updated Film Noir

by Harold Ramis

While I think that The Ice Harvest was marketed as a comedy, it’s more of a darkly funny thriller or film noir. John Cusack anchors the film as the antihero in the midst of a mid-life crisis where he must make moral decisions. He’s also a mob lawyer. While it’s not a great film, it’s definitely enjoyable if you like Mr. Cusack or film noir or seeing Billy Bob Thornton as another cynical con man. One of the things that I found interesting about the film was how boldly it veered between humour and violence. It’s a slightly odd mixture, but worth seeing if you’re in the right mood.

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