The Other Side of the Ice (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Other Side of the Ice
The dramatic goings-on... lack dynamism. The seascapes, however, continually astound.
It all quickly proves wearisome, despite the occasional visual glories provided by shots of the magnificent icy vistas and frolicking polar bears.
This tedious chronicle has the interest level of a home movie of a vacation with bickering and yammering left intact.
Too much of the movie is just people being crabby (or, later, dumb!) in fascinating places, which is less enthralling than the places themselves.
Audience Reviews for The Other Side of the Ice
Loved this movie! What an adventure, both fun and dangerous. The viewer is torn between wishing to be on the journey and glad not to be. Sprague Theobald's fragile, emotional state was very real and warranted. He and his family had the guts to take a huge risk in challenging the Northwest Passage. The beauty of this film is that it invites all of us to experience the challenging, dangerous journey with the Theobald family, without risk. We were glued to the screen during this real life triumph, which could have ended tragically. The photography/scenery was beautiful and introduced us to a part of the world that most of us will never visit. A five star documentary!
In this modern world of "fake" adventure and contrived dangers, there aren't many exploits which can turn heads and be called "real" and "authentic". Taking a small boat to sea is about as real as it gets and taking that same boat thru the Northwest Passage is off the charts real. Sprague did it and he did it with a background of money issues, personal challenges and unexpected family dynamics and difficulties. When the weather closed in, there were several times that Sprague and his crew of family members had no "plan B". I am not the first post on this site and I see that others have complained about the bickering and squabbling that is shown in the film. Yep.. it is there. How could it not be? Try imagining yourself in a situation where 6 of your family members are cooped up on a 57 foot boat for weeks on end.. and then toss in danger and uncertainty. The family dynamics add to the drama and the spectacular scenery and the rawness of the film make it spellbinding and unforgettable. I absolutely loved it and my only complaint is that it wasn't longer.
In his documentary Sprague and his crew do a wonderful job of capturing the challenge, beauty and isolation of their journey through Northwest Passage and the emotional impact of the long months spent together aboard their 57 foot vessel with little outside human interaction. A must see!
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