Nice pictures, shame about the words
- Mountain review by Alphaville
This is an hour-long picture-book documentary about mountains and the people who venture on them. We’re spared the standard TV close-ups of flora and fauna in favour of sweeping landscapes and daredevils doing their thing (e.g. rock climbing and base-jumping), which produces some exciting aerial images.
There are some filler sections (praying Himalayan Buddhists, a monochrome history of Everest etc.), but the main problem is the soundtrack. The film begins with an orchestra tuning up. It’s a collaborative exercise with the filmmaker, you see (the film premiered with a live orchestra). We are consequently subjected to an hour of clichéd classical music to accompany the pictures. Even worse is the horrendously portentous narration. Random sample: ‘Many who travel to mountain tops are half in love with themselves, half in love with oblivion.’ Pur-lease.
Nevertheless there are many arresting images, so turn down the sound, put your own music on, fast forward the dull bits and wallow in the mountains for a while.
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Superficial shiny happy documentary
- Mountain review by TE
Two stars for the various sequences of beautiful mountain ranges shot from helicopters, but that's about all the film has to offer.
The content of the voiceover could have been lifted from Pseuds' Corner in Private Eye, and the whole film has an ad agency sheen, an effect that is enhanced by the rich young white males who make up the visible human cast.
This is a Facebook meme level approach to mountains.
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