I hate 3D-truly loathe it, but with this, it’s the only option. Nowhere in town is playing it 2D. So, now I have a headache and am struggling to come up with good things to say about such an earnest film. It’s just, dry. Almost clinical. If you know any amount of the story of May 10th, 1996, you know there is a fountain of drama to be gleaned. But, here, everything is so straightforward you barely understand how these people could’ve died. The fundamental understanding of “this is Everest, people die here” is present, but there is little to no drama conveyed by what absolutely had to be a chaotic experience. Also, the pacing is so fast, you barely remember that there is some real talent being wasted on such a dull telling of this story. It’s a damn shame, because, 3D notwithstanding, it’s beautiful to look at. The Mountain is impressively constructed, making me almost believe it was shot on location. Like the better IMAX documentary you(I think) can find on Netflix with the same name. Anyway. It could’ve been worse. But I wanted it to be more.

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Joshua has been an avid fan of movies since he first saw Indiana Jones escape that rolling boulder and resoundingly punch Nazis to death. Forever wrestling with the notion of "why" in movies, he believes there is such a thing as "A Perfect Film."