While waxing lyrical about Watson, Brolin, Worthington and Gyllenhall and the strength of the ensemble cast, Everest centres itself around Rob Hall, the leader of the Adventure Consultants team. With Australian actor Jason Clarke cast as Hall, Everest needed an immense performance from him and thankfully he delivers in absolute spades. Held in the highest esteem by fellow climbers, Hall became synonymous with Everest after successfully guiding 39 people to the summit with zero casualties. Loved and respected, Clarke had massive shoes to fill, a challenge that he does not shirk. He is the heart of this film and though his clients pay him to take them to the summit, Clarke conveys Hall’s humanity so well. You know that he cares for each and every one of them, wanting each to achieve their goal of climbing the highest peak in the world. Cradling a crying climber who has just touched the summit of Everest, he tells her that is so proud of her and I defy even the hardest of hearts not to well up just a little. So convincing is Clarke that you forget he’s an actor, he is Rob Hall. Clarke handles the complexities of the role extremely well; Hall was known as the “mountain goat” or the “show” as he was the safest climber on Everest, the only show in town and he struggled with keeping people safe while keeping their dreams alive. Indeed it could be this desire to help those who want to summit Everest that attributed to the tragic outcome of this expedition. Clarke is absolutely remarkable, giving one of his strongest performances yet.
Everest is in cinemas now. Check out the trailer below.
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