The Valero Verdict: Downhill

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the remake of the Golden Globe winning film “Force Majeure”, Downhill.

Plot: Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

The Writing: What a mess. The movie is about a couple who is going through problems and they are going through them in front of the entire little mountain resort they are staying at. The problem we have here is there is remotely nothing written in the film that made me care about any of these characters.

It’s just Dreyfus and Ferrell walking through the motions of a story that is so mediocre. Both of them are sad, upset, depressed, don’t feel the “love” anymore and we are supposed to care? Why?

Dreyfus makes out with a dude. Ferrell is a piece of garbage husband and father. And we are supposed to be invested in what happens to them.

The Acting: Will Ferrell is very hit and miss (more miss). He just was run of the mill pedestrian in this film. He cashed a check and that was about it. He provided nothing to Pete that made me even remotely care about him.

Dreyfus was the better of these two but she didn’t provide much of anything to the role of Billie.

Even with bad writing, these two could have at least tried to elevate the movie with their acting.

The Score: Volker Beterlmann: What a WASTE of a beautiful score. I should’ve just closed my eyes and enjoyed this while the movie was playing.

Run Time: 1:26 – This movie had the ability to make a short run time feeling like I was watching the Irishman.

The Verdict:

1/2 * out of ***** gavels.

This is one of the worst movies I had to suffer through at the theaters. The writing in this seriously had me questioning why the movie got the green-light.

What made Ferrell and Dreyfus say “OMG SIGN US UP”


Should You See It?: Seriously, if you pay to see this, request your money back for the PTSD you will suffer from afterwards.

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