Just got in from the Durango showing, and wow. How far back do I have to go to find a superior ski film? Could it be all the way back to Blizzard of Aahhhs?
Understand- this isn't a great women's ski film, it is a great ski film, period. The skiing isn't watered down just because nobody has a Y chromosome- this movie is filled with ladies going HUGE, having a lot of fun, and expressing what make our sport special.
The film hits all the right notes. A project of this sort could easily take on a preachy tone, or even a scornful one at the lack of screen-time that inspired the films creation. Instead, the film lets the shots do the talking, and the result is deafening- there is no shortage of talent. One thing that stood out in stark contrast to almost all films was the lack of cuts during cliff-hucking shots. We have all gotten used to seeing the dramatic launch from the cliff, just to cut away before the landing. We all know why this is done, only it doesn't happen in this movie- these girls land almost everything that was kept in the film, almost definitely a calculated choice.
The film connects with the heart of skiing. There is a segment of a 4 year old grom with a go-pro- the mouth noises are classic. The movie has character. Alaska segments have the tendency to make a movie feel sterile- a bunch of repeated white shots with a skiers ripping suger G turns and making it look pedestrian. This flick shows how to do it correctly- by sharing the skier's fears, joy, and excitement, mixed all in together, about the lines they are skiing.
This movie is special. The only negativity I can express is that at ~1 hour, it felt too short. But there is always next year!