So, I was at the cinema a couple of days ago and watched a movie called Everest, which is based on a true story about a group of mountain climbers lead by a New Zealander, who tried to climb Mount Everest back in 1996, but they were hit by a sudden storm and things went bad. It features Keira Knightley and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others.
As usual, bad points first, good points after.
1. At some points, the special effects looked a little bit unnatural. Most of the time they were good, but again, at some points it didn't look entirely real.
2. I kind of felt like the opening was a bit slow, but then again, it is based on a true story, so I can't really complain.
1. Beautiful visuals. Most of the time the special effects were really impressive and beautiful to look at, from the grandeur of Mount Everest to the dramatic Nepalese landscape on the way to the Himalayas.
2. I really like that they showed the main characters actually undergoing a blessing ceremony where they were blessed by Bhuddist monks before going up the mountain. It's nice to see travelers respecting local costums, especially since I think Mount Everest i actually considered a bit sacred by the locals, though don't quote me on that, 'cause I haven't looked it up.
3. The characters were very likable and seemed like real people. While there is the occasional cheesy line here and there, it's the kind of line you might expect to hear from people who are climbing the world's tallest mountain and might be feeling a bit pretentious at the moment. Overall, the way they acted and the way they talked felt very real, like this is how I would expect them to talk if it was a documentary instead of a dramatisation.
4. I can't be exactly sure, but at least to me, it seemed like they didn't really liven up the story with anything noteworthy Hollywood crap. I don't know if I'm being correct here, but either way it didn't feel like a story that had been retouched much, it seemed very realistic and like something that genuinely did happen. The true story was dramatic enough already without the need to add much.
Edit: I did some Googling, and it turns out I was right. The story is pretty accurate. They mostly accurately present what it's like climbing Mount Everest, how slow everything goes in the thin air, the wobbly unsafe ladder-bridges across the glaciers, and artistic liberties where mainly only done with very minor characters. Props to the director for insisting that they keep it as accurate as possible.
5. While these true story type movies can often be a little bit slow due to the fact that they're based on something that really did happen and reality is often not as exciting as fiction, this movie did have quite a lot of action and thrills, and you really want the characters to succeed and survive, and get home to their worried families.
6. Good acting. Seriously, this is one of those few times where you won't see Keira Knightley doing duck lips, and when you actually see an actor in a movie doing an ugly cry with snot running down from their nose rather than the cheesy "a single tear" dropping down their cheeks. When these people cried, it looked like real people crying, snot and ugly expressions and all, no pretty crying at all.
7. New Zealand accents. I'm not a kiwi myself, so I can't really say if they were entirely accurate or not, but from the little I've heard of my best friend from New Zealand, the kiwi characters did sound like genuine New Zealanders. They were all played by Brits and Aussies, according to Wikipedia, but at least to an untrained ear they sounded genuine. It's cool to see New Zealand being featured in these big movies, 'cause usually these movies only include Australians, not New Zealanders.
Overall, it was a very good movie, in my opinion. The people I went with cried during certain parts of it, so that's a sure sign of a believable and engaging emotional story. On a scale of 1-6 where 1 is the worst and 6 is the best, I give this movie a 5.