If you are one of my regular visitors, you may think for why is here a movie review which didn't appear earlier ! Well, my inner self urged me to write what I felt about watching the latest Baltasar Kormákur flick Everest. It's a 2015 disaster adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. The film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie I watched was in 3D and the experience was quite interesting as for many times I felt like snow was about to hit me !!
Here I want to make clear for the views are just mine and it may differ from that of others. In my perspective, the cinematography, camera angles (specially those shot to show heights) are quite impressive for viewer like me who gets lost in nature. One can feel the enormosity, grandeur and aura of such a pristine and the grandest place of earth; and getting there is not just a matter of preparation actually. The movie is successful to show it. As there is one dialogue "It's now or Never". Movie is also brilliant at making an ignorant viewer like me understand as what it takes to step on the death zone as the Everest. Its all about attitude and not Altitude. It embarks on the journey so as to compelling us believe that yes, the Everest is one of the most dangerous place and one can not predict nature.
The point where the movie loses its grip at audience's mind is unclear reasoning of the climbers shown. It doesn't tells us why are they 'there' actually, just to view the 'view' not many have seen !! What is the driving force that makes them go towards the snowy foot trails from different parts of the world !!
|I was so desperate to watch scene like this from top of the world.|
There is no point I was hooked from beginning to the end credits while watching Everest as I am an avid mountain and nature lover and I know there is hardly any chance of me standing even at the base camp of the Everest in real, let alone conquering it !! I hopped into the cinema to satiate myself and the thirst of watching grandeur of Nepal, the Everest in such a wide screen. Till the end of the movie, I was craving for one wide shot of the panoramic view from top of the world. Sorry to say, I was disappointed for the very reason. Everest should have been a great landscape film as the crew was 'there' to shoot the grandeur of the place.
However, the movie does justice to present enormosity and grandeur of the place and hardship and threats of getting there. But the movie hugely lacks some expected shots which could have been shot from such a pious place on earth.
There are some moments of chills and wow worthy scenes well in the movie. One of them are the helicopter rescue scene by our very own Captain Mr. Bijay Lama. Its a proud moment for him and us as well to be seen there in such terrific shots. The scene lingers in audiences' mind after the movie is over. Kudos.
I dont know how many of us have thought of this but i felt the initial scenes in Nepal could have been made without Indian movie song in the background. Also, how many of you have noticed the empty packets of wai wai noodles stranded at the base camp?? A serious matter of concern.
Because it's there" is also a mountaineering philosophy which is repeatedly quoted in the film and movie can settle for that. One has to be 'there' actually to feel all it's frozen enormosity. Everest's chill will never quite make the leap from the screen into one's bones. But I must say I was in tears from the emotional scenes and felt broken with the characters. I enjoyed the movie with all its so little flaws as I was at cinema to feel what it feels like to stand in 'there' and even at the base camp. :-)