Downhill (2020)


“Every day is all we have.” – Pete

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A family on vacation at a ski resort have their lives turned upside down when they encounter an avalanche where they don’t all act as one should.

My Take on it – I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language movies and usually enjoy watching English language remakes of foreign films.

This film has a very interesting premise yet they don;t manage to tackle things as powerfully as the original Swedish movie Force Majeure (2014) did 6 years ago.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Will Farrell are both great comedic actors but something seems of with their performances here.

They lack the kind of real chemistry that one would expect from these characters and that hurts things a bit too much since this story hinges upon the relationship between these characters.

The choice to almost completely ignore the connections that they have with their kids is also a mistake because the idea of familial connections is integral to this kind of story.

Due to the comedic backgrounds of the main cast, they decided to throw in a few comical scenes which helps lighten the story line a bit and give us some laughs along the way but it is too little to enhance things even more.

Even with the help and guidance of the original film, this movie doesn’t manage to present this story line in a more powerful fashion which is quite a shame.

Despite liking Louis-Dreyfuss and Ferrel, they just don;t do enough justice to this story line which is very unfortunate because they have the potential to make things even better and missed the opportunity to do so.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that is not nearly as good as the original German version of the story Force Majeure (2014). Louis-Dreyfuss and Farrell are both adequate in these roles but we don’t feel the kind of chemistry between them that is needed for this kind of story. The interactions with their kids are quite nominal and that also hurts things a bit because it doesn’t allow us to get a better idea of the familial connections in the story. The story itself isn’t presented in a more powerful way and the choice to try and get a few laughs along the way is good, but unfortunately not good enough to make things even better which is quite a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a big fan of the original Swedish film Force Majeure (2014), and got the blessing of its director Ruben Östlund in making an English language remake. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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