Downhill ★★

I watched Force Majeure back in 2018 and didn't care for it all that much. Downhill makes me want to revisit and re-evaluate Force Majeure.

Downhill really isn't terrible. It just feels hollow. It only touches on the theme of fragile masculinity without making it a focal point of the movie, which is a big misstep. The relationship between Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus felt really bland from the start. Which may be the point, but it made the tense moments just as dull and lifeless.

I was bracing myself for a broad studio comedy version of Force Majeure. Fortunately, Downhill actually retains a bit of the dark comedy and heavy themes from Force Majeure. But it doesn't know how to handle them in a compelling way and just left me feeling indifferent to it all.

Discussed in ep 308 of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast