W henever you decide to watch a documentary film, the chances of falling asleep are very high but that is not the case with the documentary film “Mountain”. Never seen before altitudes and the activities that we humans like to do in those extreme conditions are portrayed in a majestic and elegant manner. Many times I have dreamed to soar the air like an eagle and feel the wind through my body and now, through the film Mountain, I can get a clear idea of how it would really feel to be able to fly.
Jennifer Peedom was the woman in charge of directing the acclaimed documentary Mountain. Once again, this talented director has proved her quality as a documentary film director, with previous films backing up her current work such as Miracle on Everest and Solo. Willem Dafoe narrates the film with passion and a respect for the grandeur of nature that makes you feel a solemnity that only he can awaken, and accompanying Willem Dafoe narration is The Australian Chamber Orchestra, which throughout the entire film delights the audience with classical pieces of their own composition and some familiar pieces as well.
A very artistic and musical documentary film that displays the natural beauties of our planet, specifically the beauty that is only found in the highest mountain peaks. Mountain takes us to the tallest snow mountains and we also get the chance to appreciate some desert scenery too. The filming locations are spectacular and the shots are hard to believe, besides that the movie also delivers some harsh critics and not without a logical base: we humans tend to destroy all the places we visit and these beautiful mountains have not been the exception.
Mountain is not only about the grandeur and splendor of the world’s tallest peaks, it is also about us humans and how we feel up there. Many adventurers have traveled great distances just to contemplate the beauty of our planet and others take the challenge and decide to climb the tallest mountains with nothing more than their bare hands, to ride bikes in scary cliffs and even perform a long walk on a tightrope at an altitude of 3,000 ft. or more. There are some really scary scenes where the tension is palpable and the vertigo can also be felt through the big screen, nonetheless, this movie is an amazing and unique ride to the top of the world and you have to enjoy the ride.
One of the best visits is to Mount Everest where many visitors go looking for adventure, adrenaline and even spirituality. There are many Buddhist temples and monks around the Everest base, mainly due the solitude that these mountains used to offer but now, with so many ways to get there and the commercialism surrounding these kind of adventures, things have gotten a little bizarre. One thing that is for sure is that this Earth is unique and its mountains, volcanoes and deserts breathe alongside us, the human beings, and in am utopic world it should be up to us to defend these natural beauties and not desecrate them.