Sundance 2020 Review | “Downhill”

Photo by Stephen Speckman, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

By guest contributors Ashley and Kaitlyn Alserda

The hilarious cast of Downhill premiered their film at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Co-directed by Nat Faxin and Jim Rash, Downhill is an American take on Ruben Ostlund’s film, “Force Majeure.” The comedic performances from Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the rest of the cast had the audience laughing throughout the entire screening.

The film is about a family on an exciting ski holiday in Austria where they have a frighteningly close encounter with an avalanche. Following the traumatic avalanche experience, the family goes through relatable, hilarious fights and various temptations as they try to move on and attempt to enjoy the remainder of their vacation. Through unexpected guests and awkward situations, this film will have you laughing out loud at the absurdity.

Photo by Stephen Speckman, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto, and producer Anthony Bregman at the World Premiere of Downhill by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. © 2020 Sundance Institute | photo by Stephen Speckman.

During the Q&A that followed the premiere, it was clear that the cast, directors and the rest of the film crew had a great time on set. Ferrell, of course, was exactly how you’d imagined him to be while speaking about the making of the film, he also had the audience laughing as he ran across the stage. No one asked Ferrell if there is a second “Step Brothers” in the works, but hopefully, he decides to make that one of his next projects.

Moviegoers won’t want to miss this film especially if they are a Will Ferrell or Julia Louise-Dreyfus fan. A film for the whole family to enjoy, “Downhill” does not disappoint.

“Downhill” will get a wide release on Friday, February 14th.

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