Downhill (2020)

dir Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. Remake of the superior FORCE MAJEURE (2014) from Ruben Östlund, about a married couple fighting after a near-death experience during a skiing holiday. While not nearly the same level as Östlund’s film, I really enjoyed this. Miranda Otto is hilarious as the sexual adventurous Austrian hotel concierge, she gets most of the laughs. It’s great to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a new feature film, she does drama very well, I’d move to see her in more features. Will Ferrell as the neglectful husband is for the most part suitably understated and naturalistic. The fights between them as a married couple I thought felt very real, sometimes too real. The ending is not super satisfying, I enjoyed the experience. If this was not being compared to the original, I think it would have been much better received.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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