As we well and truly head into the second half of the year movie releases start to get interesting. I love everything about movies and while I did study film in high school I am not particularly qualified as a critic but I am not going to let that stop me from sharing a few opinions!
I first saw the trailer for Everest interestingly enough just after I finished reading the book Above all Things which is based on the story of George Mallory, a legend of Everest exploration. This book had sparked my initial interest as I didn’t really know much about what it takes to climb in such harsh conditions. The other thing that amazed me was why people choose to when the risks are so great.
This movie explores the many answers to the why question as it tells the true story of Rob Hall, an expedition leader who aims to get paid clients to the summit. The main reason it appears hasn’t changed much since Mallory, and remains ‘because it’s there!’
What I expected was a real story that didn’t glorify the harshness of Everest alongside some breathtaking scenery. I got both!
I am a true lover of snowy mountains and harsh untouched landscapes. The scenery really does lend itself to the big screen and you won’t be disappointed in this aspect. You can watch this movie in 3D which would probably add to the impact of the scenery, I didn’t though as I am still not a great fan of 3D and will only go if I think it is essential to the viewing experience.
I thought Jason Clarke did a great job with his portrayal of Rob Hall and I enjoyed seeing actors such as Keira Knightly having a go at a kiwi accent! Other big names that grace the screen include Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington and Robin Knight from my favourite, House of Cards.
This is not a happy story, and it definitely won’t make you want to climb Everest. It is however a story of human will, determination and basically just respect for the mountain.
I thought this was very well made, not a feel good story but a powerful one.
Have you seen it? What did you think?