The Iceman cometh! I’m sorry had to get that out of the way. Anyway time to review another recent film and this one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while now, The Iceman. I’d read and heard interviews from Chris Evans and Michael Shannon about this film and when I saw the trailer I knew it was a film right up my ally. So I watched it on Friday and I have to say I was impressed and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.
When it comes to the plot The Iceman tells of the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.
I found story to be interesting and engaging from start to finish, now officially films based on true stories never stick to the facts completely without a few changes here and there, so I tend to look at these kinds of films just as good fictional pieces of work and in that regard this film succeeded. Richard Kuklinski’s story is a very unique one, he’s a man who is in a dangerous line of work, he kills without showing any emotion and collects his money from his employer afterwards like clockwork. Afterwards he goes back to his family and provides for them with his blood money, acting all friendly and approachable undeterred by what he’s done beforehand. I just love how in this film Richard can go from killing people so effortlessly to going home and providing for his family. Obviously everything don’t stay calm forever and things get complicated when the charade that Richard has starts to fall apart and you can see him panicking as the ground starts shrinking beneath his feet.
When it comes to the cast they’re very good as bringing these characters to life and making us care about what’s going on. Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski. Shannon continues to prove that he’s an actor with all the right talents, the man is incredibly versatile but he’s great when he’s in these shady/villainous roles. Seeing Shannon get angry on-screen is truly scary and it is that level of skill that he has that makes him truly awesome. Also Winona Ryder as Deborah Kuklinski was also really good. Honestly I didn’t know she was still in films these days (besides in Star Trek), but she gave a convincing performance and she still looks hot these days which surprised me.
Then there’s Chris Evans as Robert ‘Mr. Softy’ Pronge he was awesome, he was a shady character who came across Richard through varying circumstances and eventually the two end up working together. Evans continues to prove that he is a actor that can handle more dramatic and interesting roles, I loved his role in this film because it was so unexpected, suspicious and still a little funny at times. Now let’s talk about Ray Liotta as Roy DeMeo, Liotta was a right scary man. He was a gangster leader who was always in a position of power and was the person who told Richard what to do. Roy DeMeo was a person who looked like someone you didn’t wanted to get on the bad side of and Liotta really did well in his performance.
Also David Schwimmer as Josh Rosenthal was really cool, this is probably the most different side of Schwimmer I’ve ever seen. He was so serious and convincing as one of DeMeo’s underlings and I was just so surprised at how well Schwimmer handled the material and was totally different from his comedy-based background that I know him from. I also liked the small contribution from James Franco as Marty Freeman, I thought he’d be in the film more but he wasn’t there for that long. And lastly Stephen Dorff as Joseph Kuklinski had some good screen time as Richard’s brother.
In conclusion The Iceman was a very enjoyable film with a great dramatic tone and all the right elements of a good crime thriller. While the film played out a lot differently than I imagined I did enjoyed the story but I think the film largely succeeds thanks to the cast especially Michael Shannon as the central character.
Rating: 8/10 (The film’s good, worth a watch for Michael Shannon alone!)
So have you seen The Iceman and if so what did you think it? Drop me a comment below and tell me your thoughts. Until next time people, later on yo. 😀