Sigourney Weaver plays the autistic mother, but she played it in a manner that wasnít over-the-top. Itís common for Hollywood to portray all autistic people as completely autistic, much like Sean Penn did in I AM SAM, but I felt Weaverís portrayal was much more appropriate given the circumstances of SNOW CAKE. Her character was the key in keeping the pace and mood of the film. Everyone around her was sad for her loss, but her autism prevented her from truly understanding the significance of what had happened. That, of course, led to Rickmanís character learning how to forgive himself and others, which was basically the overall moral of the story.
The story played out to be an enjoyable film. It was a little too uneventful at times and following Rickmanís character was hard because we got so little of his past. His past was the key in understanding who he was and why he was that way. They try to spring too much on us in the last ten minutes or so and by that time, all the character arcs have already been achieved.
This is nitpicking a little too much, but at the very end, they played Weaverís dialogue while we watched Rickman staring at the sun. This was not needed. That moment could have been a very strong and powerful wrap-up to the film, but instead it felt rushed and little forced. All we needed was for him to whisper the word and then roll the credits. Thatís an example of a filmmaker coming up with a nice ending and then trying to jam it down the audienceís throat.
Deleted Scenes (18:32): These scenes were pretty good, but I donít know if they would have made a difference in the film. The scenes that showed Sigourney Weaverís character in public would have been a nice addition, but again, they were pretty forgettable.
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