by K. Ralls
“The cinematography is immaculate, with establishing shots panning around the peak of Mount Everest, not only amplifying the tension the audience feels but also creating a memorable cinematic experience for them.”
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson
Synopsis: Based on the true story from 1996, Everest is the 2015 film surrounding the life-threatening attempt of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall and the other led by Scott Fischer, who strive to reach the peak of Mount Everest. However, they are challenged by one of the fiercest blizzards and must fight for survival.
Review: Prior to watching Everest, I was completely unaware of the 1996 disaster that occurred during an attempt of two expedition groups to climb Mount Everest. That being said, after watching the film from 2015, I was drawn to the true story and became very intrigued with it as a result of the intense cinematography, powerful soundtrack and emotional storyline.
The ensemble cast of the film is outstanding, with big names including Jason Clarke (Rob Hall), Josh Brolin (Beck Weathers) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Scott Fischer). Not only is it a star-studded cast with admirable acting but something that I noticed was the strong resemblance between the actors casted and the real-life people. This excellent casting choice builds the authenticity of the film, despite it being a dramatized modern disaster movie. The cinematography is immaculate, with establishing shots panning around the peak of Mount Everest, not only amplifying the tension the audience feels but also creating a memorable cinematic experience for them. One camera shot that is used a few times during the film in the POV shot through the perspective of one of the characters. I think this technique is especially effective because the shot is slightly blurred, giving the illusion of blindness, therefore making the film authentic. Also, the soundtrack, by Dario Marianelli, is incredible as it creates an overwhelming atmosphere while being placed over the spectacular establishing shots of Mount Everest.
However, the film does have some minor weaknesses, which includes the slow start to the film. The main scenes of the actual climbing of Everest don’t properly start until around 45 minutes in and, as well as that, the ending of the film does feel slightly rushed. Therefore, the narrative aspect of Everest, in terms of pace, is quite weak which is a slight disappointment.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film in terms of the cinematography, the music and the story. It evokes so much emotion for such a heart-wrenching true story. Even though the narrative pace was a slight disappointment, the technical aspect of the film makes up for it and was amazing, as well as the harrowing storyline. Therefore, I would definitely recommend watching this film – I will undoubtedly be watching it again.
Everest is currently streaming on Netflix and was rated 12 by the BBFC.