Downhill: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Downhill: Movie Review

"Downhill" literally went downhill as it failed to make its concepts and viewpoints substantial. What we get is a half glass full situation wherein the film has particular dramatic moments but at times it totally flops hard.
The Stauntons are on their ski vacation in the Alps when an avalanche occurs. When the dad leaves behind his family fleeing for his life, the family and its members are thrown into chaos as the event forces them to re-evaluate what's really important in their lives.
If you've seen the recently released "Marriage Story", "Downhill" will feel a little familiar  as it tackles the idea of a couple whose relationship is seriously on the rocks. But instead of a powerful, authentic, and moving experience, "Downhill" mostly stays in the middle and never finds its groove to make its ideas stick. Not  that it lacked serious topics to consider as the film tackles the concept of self-worth and relationships. One sees marriage as a companionship without boundaries as long as both enjoy while one sees it as clear as black or white without any wiggle room for any mistakes. But the film never makes a stand  on what it considers correct and we as the audience didn't understand what we needed to take away from the experience.G this, a lot of talent was wasted as both leads, Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, deliver great performances on their own. Overall, "Downhill" will give you a taste of the complicated psychology of love, family, and self but it won't give you a full satisfying serving on those topics.
Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- the leads give their all to make the film acceptable

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't know what it wants to do
- comedy is missing hard


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