If Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”, “Take Shelter”) has not registered on your film Richter scale, “The Iceman” should pole-vault him into the upper echelons; his brooding, intimidating intensity; lethal, black gaze nails the conscienceless killer “Richie Kuklinski” (1935-2006); Shannon is riveting in conveying a man whose decency was robbed by a father who beat and annihilated his moral compass. Yet a sliver of the humane lurks beneath his villainous, ferociously angry facade; a pristine devotion and love for his wife “Deborah” ( a youthful and tender performance by Winona Ryder) and two beautiful daughters.
Director Ariel Vromen used “The Iceman Tapes” as his primary source of interpretation for “Richie” a maniacal “killer for hire” living a dual existence in New Jersey. Flawlessly structured and imbued with exhilarating performances by supporting actors: Ray Liotta; a barely recognizable David Schwimmer; Stephen Dorff. A mini, memorable moment of screen time: James Franco’s character “Marty” is allowed to pray as Richie waits for a god-intervention; ludicrously ironic, resonating with complexity; Richie sends his daughters to parochial school.
Watching Shannon, I was reminded of Marlon Brando’s assiduous dedication to “method acting”; unlike Brando, Shannon never mumbles; he is frighteningly inexorable, undeterred in his murderess missions; never doubting, never wavering Shannon’s forceful, brilliant depiction of Richie Kuklinski is gripping, immensely compelling and worthy of the highest accolades.
Can’t wait to see it Pen. Great review
Same back to you and yours! P.
Thanks for the heads up !
I’ll definitely go see this !
Yes, this is a must for you! Thanks, P.