The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2009)
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Eighty-five years after George Mallory s final attempt to summit Mount Everest, The Wildest Dream explores Mallory s obsession with becoming the first person to reach the highest place on Earth. Told through the explorer s poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924, Mallory s incredible
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In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story.
It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.
The movie excels not in the plentiful shots of Everest's majesty, but in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters.
The layers of narrative prove too diffuse, and there is not a good enough arc to hold a cinema audience for the duration.
For lovers of the greatest of outdoors, The Wildest Dream is a worthy excursion, especially on the big IMAX screen.
This hybrid movie combines scenic cinematography, documentary and two very different dramatic recreations of a historical event to tell a fascinating story.
With the exception of some TV-duff recreations and CSI-style razzle-dazzle it is fascinating.
The photography is suitably spectacular and there's a starry voice cast...
The Wildest Dream is an often gripping account of the men who dare to climb toward heaven, and sometimes pay the ultimate price.
The film skillfully mixes exposition, including Mallory and his wife Ruth's letters read aloud, re-creations, interviews, amazing archival footage and still images of stunning nature photography.
What really brings the past alive in The Wildest Dream is those glorious voices.
Screenwriter Mark Halliley has caught Mallory's passionate obsession and Geffen and his camera team have captured the majesty of the mountain.
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