Snowpiercer (2013) directed by award winning director Bong Joon-ho, follows a group of survivors of the second Ice Age on a perpetually moving train as they come to terms with social class and power. The film features an all-star cast of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Kang-Ho Song to name a few. In Snowpiercer (2020), the Sci-fi thriller was adopted into a TV show featuring a similar premise, starring Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner and Alison Wright. Both bearing the same name, which adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige was more well received? YouTubers Ron from Binge Watchers, Nici from Nics&Nacs, Super HeroNexus and Matt Atchity, Christy Lemire and Alonso Duralde from the channel What the Flick?! Share their thoughts and comparisons of the film and TV show.
The writing is so good. Like you could analyze the shit of this movie. Out of all of his films pretty much. I loved the conversation of class. I love the idea of him sacrificing his arm … so many twists, so many turns, I was actually just on edge pretty much the whole two hours.
YouTuber Nici from her channel Nic&Nacs is familiar with some of director Bong Joon-ho’s films and is in awe of the intricacies and thought-provoking ideas and visuals the film evokes. The visuals of the train and each setting is so beautifully captured with everything down to the lighting, the production design and even the costume design, says Nici. YouTuber Christy Lemire agrees and praises the film for its depiction of each setting, as the characters move through and forward to the front of the train.
It’s gorgeous in really varied ways. Like the back part of the train is really bleak and really monochromatic, very gritty and textured … as they get to a new level, each new world that they reveal it's all totally beautifully well thought out world; from a production and costume standpoint, from lighting and just like a lot of care went into making this look really really cool and varied.
In the TV show adaptation, Snowpiercer (2020) follows the story of a detective from the lower-class trains being hired to solve the case of a string of murders being committed. YouTuber Super HeroNexus fells though the TV show and movie are based on a similar main premise, the TV show diverges a bit in that there is also a murder mystery element on top of the plot line of the lower-class revolution. Being able to see more of the lives of the privileged and more aspects of the issues of social divide, the YouTuber finds the TV show is able to dive deeper into the film’s commentary of class and power.
In the movie the tailies revolt and work their way to the front of the train and it is a masterpiece of film making. The tv show expands upon the movie … we actually see the lives of those privileged live at the front and we actually see them go about their daily life, which is something we didn’t get to see in the movie as much.
However, most of the YouTubers feel the TV show adaptation just didn’t hit as hard as the film. YouTuber Ron from the channel Binge Watchers is only able to watch the first four episodes of the TV show before caving in to the disappointment, saying the show fails to take the premise of the film in any unique direction.
This version of Snowpiercer just feels uninspired, ugly and completely mishandles an amazing premise. So compared to the source material, I think it’s bad.
The shows murder mystery plotline about Detective Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) is unimpressive and doesn’t seem to appeal to any of the emotional ties of social class issues the film was able to do, says Super HeroNexus.
We lose what made the movie so great, which was the grit and determination of the people in the back of the train. And I think uplifting him and showing him more of the actual train kind of moves away from what the movie really was about.
Not only does the emotional impact of the film’s premise tell an intriguing story, but the performances by the cast left the YouTubers from What the Flick?! pleasantly surprised. They give major props to actor Chris Evans in his performance, claiming in some scenes he was almost unrecognizable.
This movie is so gorgeous and smart and unsettling. And you have Chris Evans giving a full on movie star performance.
For the most part, the YouTube trio gives the film high marks. Though he feels it is an overall well-done movie, for Matt Atchity, some of the sequences feel too stylized in trying to create an out of this world scenario and make it seem realistic. It was over the top and unnecessary to further the message of the film, according to Atchity.
I’m not as wild about this I think you guys are … I feel like the movie splits the difference between really stylized and going down the zone of the Ray Bradbury type short story that kind of abandons the idea of making any sense and yet the movie tries to set up ideas of how this would be realistic and I don’t think that was really necessary.
Snowpiercer (2013) is a fascinating study of class divides and is visually inspiring. Unfortunately, the Snowpiercer (2020) TV show adaptation fails to emit the same energy and enthusiasm, according to the YouTubers.
YouTubers Ron from Binge Watchers, Nici from Nics&Nacs, Matt, Christy, and Alonso from What the Flick?! and Super HeroNexus review and rate new movies and TV shows on their channels regularly.