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Wednesday
May312017

Thoughts I Had... "The Mountain Between Us" First Look

Chris here. Summer is heating up, but feast your eyes on the wintery skies of The Mountain Between Us. The film stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as two strangers who must band together when their plane crashes in the mountains, forcing them to trek hundreds of miles to safety. The film arrives October 20, which puts it in prime Oscar season should the lead stars and film itself deliver the goods. Here is the first image of the film and some thoughts after the jump...

Here are my first thoughts:

  • This is not the "Kate Winslet and Idris Elba have sex in the wild" movie I asked for. I mean, they gotta keep warm somehow.
  • "You'll love the mountains! They're great! [bear emoji]" - DiCaprio texting Winslet
  • Is this just before they reach safety? They don't look too concerned about that whole "being stranded in the mountains" thing.
  • In seriousness, this is Hany Abu-Assad's English language debut which gives it extra Oscar cache. He's had two films nominated for Foreign Language film: Omar and Paradise Now.
  • I could swear I'd read that this film was being released in IMAX, but can't confirm. Ultra-sized actressing and hunkery? Yes please!
  • Let's hope this leans into the romantic side and less the disaster film side. The last large scale romance was... when?
  • These sure are two fashionable plane crash victims. It looks like Annie Liebovitz shot an ad campaign for a luxury hiking retailer.

No matter what, I am in for Winslet and Elba. What comes to your mind at this first image?

UPDATE - We now also have a trailer! Looks like love may not be in the air after all...

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Just saw the trailer. Looks more like survival-film rather than romance. They might be avoiding it all together.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Yeah, I'm definitely wondering where they got the clothes. No one would wear/have all of that on the plane. Did they grab stuff on the way out? Because that's weird/unlikely. Did they go back and strip bodies/the plane for supplies? Do they strip the dead bodies of hikers they find along the way? If any of this comes to pass it would seem more disaster movie than romance. Kate can make that work.

Also reminded of Steve McQueen's (I think?) mention while filming 12YS that black faces are rarely shot with care in films because most lighting techniques have been calibrated for white actors. I'm seeing the snow and Kate in vivid detail but unfortunately Idris is not coming through clearly in this shot. :/ Waste!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

@catbaskets: LOL! You are right about the clothes. Idris wouldn't carry those clothes to a medical conference. Maybe it is explained in the film... And, well, it's Hollywood!

That's very interesting about lighting techniques being calibrated for white actors.

In any case, I really look forward to this film!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

That hat is right out of Clementine's wardrobe.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Winslet I am here for,don't like Elba from his overselling on UK TV of the dreaded Box Sets.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Elba is so smug in the trailer.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Who cares? It's Kate and Idris and beautiful scenery, and a disaster pic, so I'm in. However, I hate her American accent. He gets to use his, why can't her character be British too?

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Looks like something I would want to see I love idris Elba and Kate winslet together in a survival epic.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Unless there is a big twist this looks terribly familiar

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

"The Long Dark: The Video Game: The Movie"

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Agreed whoever mention her American accent. It worked in Eternal sunshine but can't with it anymore. She is my second favorite actress next to...dare I say it without getting shamed, Kidman. It sounds like a voice over... maybe it's just me. Even with a horrible accent she is still an amazing actress. Just not great at an American one.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Hey there's a dog! But it only seems to appear in the first half of the trailer.
It's gonna get eaten by the mountain lion isn't it? :'(

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJB

that's not the mountain i was imagining between them...

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I bet Idris wished he had packed a jaeger with him,sure could have used it here.

August 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

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