It was an interesting week in the climbing movie space with the release of Wizard’s Apprentice and Park Life in quick succession. These two movies in particular provided an interesting juxtaposition of styles. On the one hand you had the LT11 crew psyched and feeding off each other’s energy as they bouldered as a group in Yosemite, while on the other hand you had Adam Ondra climbing almost exclusively by himself to achieve his incredible goals. Both approaches have their positives and negatives, and it was interesting to have that contrast in such a short time period.
It was also interesting to see the different reactions to the Ondra movie. I posted my thoughts on Monday, and throughout the week others have posted theirs as well. Andrew Bisharat takes things a bit too far in his review in my view, but I think he makes some valid points. Certainly the movie could have been improved in some aspects, but overall I would tend to side with Jamie Emerson’s response to Bisharat which acknowledges some of the faults but focuses on the overall merits of the film.