The classic cinema experience: the credits start rolling, you are there with your friends smiling at how good that movie was. You hear strangers enthusiastically talking about the film as you are leaving through the crowded cinema exit. This did not happen during the screening of the 'Everest'. A lot of people were emotional, some were crying and there was total silence. This just goes to show you how impactful the movie was.
'Everest' is directed by Baltasar Kormakur. It has a huge ensemble of talented people such as Jason Clarke, Jake Gylenhall, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes. The acting in this film is very brilliant. This is by far the strongest side of the film because you can feel the masterfulness of the director through the actor. There are small mannerism and mimics that really highlight their character and bring depth. The movie mainly focuses however on Jason Clarke's character as the leader of the expedition.
This isn't an inspirational movie about how you can push past your best. If you are looking for inspiration or a source of power to do something, this isn't the movie for you. 'Everest' is heavy with reality and from the first 15 minutes of the movie you are awaiting the impending doom that is about to come.
The film focuses on different mountain expedition companies that are climbing the tallest mountain on Earth and get in the midst of a deadly storm. I was very surprised to see the movie focus a little bit on the politics side of these expeditions. Although it wasn't very necessary, it was successful at setting up some of the past events so that the movie can move on to the more thrilling parts.
The audience is continuously anticipating the catastrophe that is about to hit these characters, because it wouldn't be a movie without it. This creates tension from the first scene in the movie, therefore, gives the director more creative freedom to spend time setting the characters up. A lot of movie critics were unhappy about how long the movie took to get going. Since 'Everest' is a real life story, they can't remove unnecessary characters or change things, so it was a very big challenge. I personally really enjoyed how the movie took time to set things up and the director has very successfully brought empathy and depth to every character, whether minor or major.
On the other hand, the first half of the film becomes hard to follow and requires your absolute attention because there are many characters who are doing their own thing and due to them looking the same, it's hard to differentiate. This was one of the problems of the film and led to the story's pacing being disturbed.
I am not sure about 'Best Picture' or 'Best Screenplay', however, 'Everest' will definitely snatch up the Oscar for sound design. The amount of detail that went into this department was phenomenal, some scenes even fully depended solely on the sound.
As this is an incredibly hard film to shoot, the movie had to depend on visual effects quite a bit. The visual effects are stunning and if I didn't know better, I would have believed that they actually shot everything at Everest. The colours and the composition of each shot is visually stunning.
Overall, 'Everest' is a great thriller. It carries a very high dose of reality, which makes the experience a ride of different emotions. It definitely has its weak sides but it's one of the greatest movies of the year and definitely worth a watch.