The Ice Storm (1997)

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The Ice Storm (1997)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes

Storyline:

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband’s lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends’ parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad…

One review

  • I loved The Ice Storm. It’s one of my favorite films. It takes place one thanksgiving, in the early 70’s. When we first see the Hood family, they are perfectly normal. Kevin Kline is a loving husband, Joan Allen is a typical wife, Tobey Maguire loves comics, and Christina Ricci doesn’t like Nixon. A perfectly normal family, in fact, they are nothing but. Kline is cheating on his wife with Sigourney Weaver, Allen is suspecting, but tries not to show it. Ricci is a fourteen year old experimenting with alcohol and sex. Maguire is in love with a girl, and she likes him too, like a brother.

    This all culminates during an ice storm. Everyone breaks down, in some form or another. Kline is unable to keep his secret from Allen, and she doesn’t react with shock. In fact, she acts relieved. This is before she cheats on Kline during a car-key exchange, that seems right out of the seventies. That being said, every single one of the actors has their moment to shine. From Kline down to Elijah Wood, every actor delivers a masterful performance.

    This is all done through Ang Lee’s direction. Lee is a great director, and here, he shows it. He perfectly captures the decade, in his use of music, costumes and sets. The cinematography is great as well. All being said, The Ice Storm is one of the best films of the nineties, and in my option, the best film of 1997. Watch it and immerse yourself in a world of pain, longing, lust and booze. In other words, just watch the movie.

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