Monday, October 9, 2017

Michael Monday #64


While Michael Fassbender was in Los Angeles this week for promo work in support of The Snowman, coming out on October 20th, he did a photo shoot in Beverly Hills and this week's MM photo is from that shoot. I mentioned last week at FF@FB that I ordered the Snowman book from Waterstones in London because that's the only way I could get the book cover with Michael on the cover, especially since the book is a "major motion picture". Said cover is not available in the US yet and I want to try to read it quickly before I see the movie on opening weekend. As per the international package tracker, it's on its way to me and I should get it today, or definitely by Tuesday and I'll start on it asap! I would like to write a review of the book in conjunction with a review of the movie, so stay tune for both!




4 comments:

Gisa said...

OK, it's Thursday October 12th and I have read about 5 reviews for "The Snowman" the eagerly awaited adaptation of the Joe Nesbo novel (the most frightening one I think), with Michael in the title role and I am sorry to say that they are devastatingly bad on all counts: script most of all, direction and I am sorry to say ... acting as well. As this is hardly the first film of Michael's to have negative reviews, this is now getting to be serious. Ever since "Steve Jobs" there has hardly been one film in which he has had a feature role which has not flopped. I was certain that this final one, "The Snowman" would be a winner and would blot out all the negatives for the preceding films, but it seems this one is going to be the icing on the cake and I fear for his future as an actor. Someone once said that "you are only as good as your last film" and, while up to now his performances have been lauded, it is not the case this time around. As there is nothing we can do, we can only stand by and pray.

Simone said...

Hi Gisa, I can totally understand your concern about the negative reviews thus far for The Snowman, but this was never the type of film that was going to be beloved by the critics, it's a slasher film, coming out near Halloween time. I don't give a damn about what critics think of this film, heck, I saw Blade Runner 2049 this past weekend and absolutely loved it. But critics hate it, the movie going audience lack the attention span to watch a film that is futuristic dystopian in nature, let alone something clocking in near 3 hours. I gave it an A+. I know I will enjoy The Snowman for what it's worth and that's all that should matter to me. I hope you still go and see the movie and if you like it or not, just go with the flow. Michael's career as an actor is FAR from over. He had a number one film with Alien Covenant and for the most part there, his performance was stand out above the rest.

Do worry too much about Michael, he's multi talented and has a lot of ambition. EVERY top actor has lulls in their career with films, and Michael is not immune to haters and critical distractors used to him being in Oscar nominated worthy performances. The Snowman was never, ever this type of film. Just go watch it and support him.

Simone said...

Gisa, here is a link to a great review of the film by The Guardian -

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/12/the-snowman-review-michael-fassbender-tomas-alfredson-jo-nesbo?CMP=share_btn_fb

Gisa said...

Thanks, Simone, for trying to make me feel better and of course I shall go and see the film. It's just that I was hoping so much this one would get great reviews and would make up for the stinkers for some of the previous films. And what really irks me are the headlines to some of the reviews: "Michael Fassbender's 'The Snowman' flops on all ...etc." see what I mean? As if it's personal. For heaven's sake he did not write the script, he did not direct the film and he undoubtedly signed on because Tarantino was supposed to direct, not Alfreds who (I guess) agreed to a less than perfect script.
His performance is always stand out above the rest and is not rewarded enough or respected enough or is brushed aside as in: "Michael Fassbender turns in the usual good performance."
Is it jealousy? Natural nastiness, it's like the herd suddenly turning on the weakest. Ugh, critics should not exist and we should all go and see the films we think we might like without being influenced, but the majority of the movie going public do not think that and are influenced. And I am seeing "Blade Runner 2049" next week because I believe I am going to love it. Everyone is comparing it to its predecessor but have they re-seen that one lately? Memory might be playing tricks on them and what was exciting and unusual in the past may not be relevant in almost 2018 where we readily accept artificial intelligence and go on from there. Well, have a good weekend and let us hope for the best...thanks again for your support and your kindness in taking time to answer me. Gisa