Downhill movie review
"Downhill" is a grievous title for a film that begins with an interesting cast blending (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell) and reason, before going you know where. The main concern is a plot proposed to cause one to consider life's enormous issues only reminds us it's too short to even think about sitting through motion pictures as obfuscated as this.
Unquestionably not a satire - and in fact, the virtual inverse of a Valentine's Day film - the movie was adjusted from the 2014 Swedish title "Power Majeure" by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, in their coordinating presentation, sharing content credit with Jesse Armstrong (the maker of HBO's "Progression").
The story starts with Pete (Ferrell) and Billie (Louis-Dreyfus) on a ski excursion with their two children in the Austrian Alps. They hit the slants, and the film hits the slides.
While there gives off an impression of being a level of strain in the couple's relationship - and Pete is obviously experiencing a few things on account of the passing of his dad months sooner - the excursion is managing everything well enough until a startling minute, when a torrential slide out of nowhere strikes.
While Billie sits staggered with the young men, Pete jumps to his feet and runs. Everybody's OK, except that solitary minute - his natural reaction to consider himself, not them, during a brush with death - turns into a developing wellspring of grinding, one that keeps on putrefying the more it goes unaddressed.
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