Definitely worth watching!
180° South (2010)
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Definitely worth watching!
I've been a fan of Yvon Chuinard ever since I started climbing in my teens, and it is fantastic to see him in his elements—climbing and conservation. What a fantastic inspiration he is.
Of course, no film of this nature is complete without its progressive viewpoints—that we are destroying the earth with our consumptive lifestyles, that our closed-minded society fails to value other cultures, that governments value the rights of the corporation over the individual, etc. This film seems to hit upon them, but not dwell, allowing you get the point, yet still enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Overall, a very nice film, and worthy of praise. Don't miss this one, and make sure to tell your friends about it.
The movie follows one man as he seeks to meet up with the founders of Patagonia and North Face ("self important" fellas, right) in the southern part of South America. A few monkey wrenches get thrown into his plan and things change. Beautiful images - open country, sailing, surfing, climbing.
Is Chouinard a bit grumpy? of course he is, and has been for a while. In his lifetime he has seen the earth decline greatly in the name of progress. Ironically, as we "progress" our level of contentment declines. He seems to believe that we can progress without destroying our planet. Hopefully more people will consider his point of view.
I'll watch this again with my kids!! Best quote - "Turn around and take one step forward."
As for the first review I totally disagree. If you really want to split hairs on self importance and make comparisons this is no different than the message in Avatar with out the special effects and Oscars. Watch it and think about it. Talk about self important and smug those people spend millions and millions on developing a film, then follow it up with million dollar awards like the Oscars where they can parade around and pat each other on the back so all the world can see and think "boy those people are really cool as they walk down the red carpet" look at me, look at what i'm wearing, look at who i'm sitting with. C'mon let's get real here and start paying attention to what's important. I'd rather have lunch with Jeff Johnson than James Cameron any day. it Simple....
The film does get a bit philanthropic at one point, but how can you blame these guys for giving a little plug about the things they feel so passionately about?
The outdoor settings in the movie are outstanding to say the least. I'm not usually a huge Hi-Def snob, but I highly recommend you watch the film on good TV.
As for the first couple of reviews, I say they are bogus. These guys give so much back. How you can call these guys self important when you have people like the Walton family around is beyond me.
All-in-all, good movie, good guys, great settings.
180° South is the story of Jeff Johnson and his 2008 journey from Ventura, California to Patagonia in the eventual goal of climbing the peak Corcovado. Jeff's trip takes place ten years after he watched Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins' film 'Mountain of Storm' which depicted their 1968 trip to Patagonia. 180° South is the story of Jeff Johnson's journey, the ups and downs, and the parallel story of the 1968 trip. The film features terrific dialogue from Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins as anecdotes to the trips.
This is easily my favorite film to live vicariously through. Watch it! You won't be disappointed.
This movie has strong points, don't get me wrong. I just grew tired of it. At first, I thought the two old guys were cool. Then, later, I find out that they are a couple of millionaires, which I suspected by their lack of concern for anything but dicking off and the environment. Watching the face of one of them as he blankly stares out the window of his plane he's flying around made me mad. I'd give anything to be in a plane in Patagonia, doing what he's doing, and he looks bored out of his mind. These young hipsters are no different. The main dude who hops on the boat seems like a really cool guy at first, working for his dinner like a normal person. Then, the mast mysteriously breaks on his watch, and he has to stop at Easter Island where he immediately meets a hot island girl who just happens to surf and want to go with him..??? They meet up with his buddies and the old guys later and just kind of dick around and bitch about the environment and surf. Oh yeah, they eventually attempt to climb the mountain.
Amid all of this "self-discovery" is a soundtrack full of some really cool tunes that don't seem to belong. They are all dreamy and slow and sad and make me feel like the filmmaker wants us to think his journey was more special than it actually was. I felt like I had been asleep after this was over, dreaming about special, privileged people doing things I only wish I could do. Then I woke up and went to work so I could support my family.
They have an excellent message that many people can learn from. Yvon has some great quotes and its so awesome to see him charge at age 69.
Yvon and Doug have such humility for all that they have done; its too bad there aren't more people like them.
Jeff Johnson gets an awesome trip and adventure on tape and a inspiring message to share with the world.
This movie makes me think seriously about a 6 month break from work to travel to Patagonia.
With that said, I do believe this film has a great message and is very informative and entertaining. So yes, it is worth your time, and I recommend you definitely watch it.
The portrayal of the people Jeff meets along the way are shallow and one dimensional. For example, there is a moment in the film while sailing south that Jeff and his shipmates have to repair their boat. The solution is ingenious but the film never goes into any detail about who's idea it was and how it was executed. The captain of the boat is clearly an experienced seaman but you have to assume that since you never hear from him directly. At the end of the movie I never got the sense Jeff discovered any new questions to ask and that all the answers he received he already knew. That he discovered anything new about himself or the world during this journey is debatable.
Ham fisted lack of subtly.
Filled with countless cut scenes.
Constant overly sentimental music played by people who probably have beards.
Rather than let the story tell itself, or having a 3rd party interviewing/narrating we are subjected to being talked down to by the smug and annoying main subject talking so highly about himself.
With even more smug interjections by the founder of Patagonia clothing.
Entirely ruined by the weight of everyone's enormous chips on their shoulders.
Neo-hippies expounding on how evil everyone else is while exalting their own self importance.
Pretty much everyone in this is a self important ass.
This is a rather zen travelogue adventure despite the action. It is a documentary story that does meander. A recreation of the story would be more thrilling and action packed. There is a huge amount of environmental lifestyle philosophizing. I love the mountain climbing footage although I'm less excited about all the pontificating. It's all fine for the right audience.
I don't believe a single thing in this movie, it seems like the whole movie was contrived to promote a political message and everything in it is scripted.
Worst thing is that I am all for the message of this film but cannot stand to have the wool pulled over my eyes just to get this message across to me.
They should have just set it out from the get go, introduced us to the Patagonia and North Face guys, explained their situation, and said they'd like to make a movie and take an adventure to show the viewers what they are trying to save instead of making up a fake documentary with these characters and story line.
What a shame, if they were just honest with the viewer it could have been such a great movie.