I was intrigued when I heard that a film was being made about Mount Everest. I thought that I should probably go and see it because you know, it seemed like essential viewing. I was looking forward to seeing Everest.
Oh dear!! I was sincerely let down.
This film, based on true events, was about a group of keen climbers that had all paid somewhere within the region of $40,000 to go and climb Everest. Obviously, it was a group of men that wanted to go and climb Everest. Oh, apart from the lady who got about ten minutes of screen time. All ten of which she was patronised for being the fragile, but brave, oriental woman who had climbed six of the seven peaks. Don't get me wrong, I understand that this a true story and that it is all real, but the way that Everest was presented wasn't far from appalling.
To start off with, I will list the things I quite liked about this film: Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko)! Gyllenhaal played slightly sleazy, but optimistic climber Scott Fischer. He brings the best out of quite a shoddy and badly written character.
The thing that hugely irritated me about Everest is the lack of care I had for any of the characters. They were all the same, they were all in the same situation, they all had crying families back at home, and not only was this very confusing, it was very tedious. Now, you may argue that it's all true so there was no control over changing characters and their situations, but I think there could have been a lot more control over the diversity of the characters.
Not a film I wish to particularly recommend, but check it out if you're interested in mountaineering, and let me know what you think...