StevenF Review of Mountain Men

If you are a fan of psychological dramas, than Mountain Men is a 2016 Canadian film for you. It is a story of two estranged brothers who get together at their mother’s second wedding. Toph (Tyler Labine) is a local DJ and a petty drug dealer, while his brother Cooper (Chace Crawford) works in a large city for a corporation. Things go wrong when they go to evict a suspected straggler in their family cabin.

The acting was mainly between the two brothers. Their mother (Christine Willes) and Toph’s girlfriend made appearances at the beginning and end of the film and were barely noticed. The photography was excellent and since most of it was taken in the cold snowy mountains, I definitely felt the coldness. The dialogue was believable but, due to the film’s R rating, almost every sentence had foul language. There were a couple of lines that had some subtle comedy, but for the most part the film revolved around the brothers getting along and surviving the cold of the mountains.

The pacing at the beginning of the movie was a bit slow, but it eventually moved at a faster pace. Labine and Crawford were excellent in their portrayals of the two brothers and their attempts to reconcile. The story itself was decent, but I felt it would have been more successful as a two man play. There were no real tension filled moments, which may be attributed to a bland sound track. I would not add this to my collection and I give it 3 stars out of 5.

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2 thoughts on “StevenF Review of Mountain Men

  1. Remmy Meggs

    Mountain Men… sounds like something out of Deliverance, which I have not seen, but I am told it is a horrible movie regardless of the critics. It is not anything like that, but neither is it about traditional mountain men. It was needlessly foul, but then again maybe that is how most Canadians talk, similar to the English?

    Two losers get stranded in a desolate wasteland and have to find their way home. Nothing is even close to being mountain men. I agree the soundtrack could have been better, but what kind of soundtrack can you have with a blizzard, snow, and cold? I keep thinking of Dueling Banjoes, but the hands would be so cold and the strings frozen and break killing them both.

    I felt the movie was slow, there was no real action, and what most of it consisted of was a bunch of stupidity, which eventually gets the two home. Toph and Cooper were miraculous actors working in this situation, I mean there is nothing they could have done differently I suppose based on the script, except maybe not be as dumb as they were. I agree with the 3-star rating.

  2. PaulM

    I found this to be very slow and boring, particularly at the beginning, There were a few humourous scenes that did make me laugh but overall the story was not what I was expecting and I would have a hard time giving this more than 2 stars.

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