Everest is definitely one to buy on bluray. Trust me... it’ll enhance the experience as the views of Chomolungma “Goddess Mother of the World” is breathtaking. Both this film (2015) and Into Thin Air (1997) attempted to recreate the story of mountain climbing leaders Rob Hall and Scott Fischer but this one was based on primarily the audiotapes and Beck’s book “Left For Dead.” Into Thin Air was based on Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name.
I must say of Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest - nearly everything was better! Though Nathaniel Parker did a tremendous job playing Rob Hall... Jason Clarke (in Everest) was equally impressive. Both movies were very emotionally-driven (how could it not be) but again, Everest had me balling harder. Along with the on-location filming, star-studded cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson, Kiera Knightley and Josh Brolin), and more cohesive storyline, Everest proved to be the best mountaineering movie I’ve seen to date.
The only thing that I wished were better was capitalizing on what Into Thin Air did right. Into Thin Air brought more of the story onto the lives and importance of the sherpas, the locals that aided the climbers to the top and back (Everest is 29,029 feet high). That movie also spent more time explaining to the audience just how demanding the Everest climb is and its effect on the body. Everest (2015), as pulse-pounding and entertaining as it was could easily have included this and increases its duration another half-hour. I don’t think people would have griped!
Most people who see this movie already know what the story is about and what the outcome was as well. All I will say is, “Have some Kleenex ready!” 🏔
#joycereview #moviereview #everest #jasonclarke #jakegyllenhaal #joshbrolin #emilywatson #kieraknightley #johnhawkes #baltasarkormákur #jonkrakauer #intothinair #chomolungma #robhall #roberthall #robertedwinhall #scottfischer