The Climb (2020)
Critic Consensus: The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
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Thrilling and charming in a way that very few comedies ever are.
Toxic masculinity is played for rich and revealing farce in writer/director Michael Angelo Covino's assured feature debut, told over multiple years.
Life is an uphill battle says The Climb, a film that gets better as it goes, even if life often does not.
Covino shows truly impressive formal control, incorporating sophisticated camerawork and tightly coiled edits while allowing time, space and rhythm - in short, the foundations of cinema - to play as equal participants in the comedy.
What impresses most is that the laughs and bittersweet insights into rollercoaster relationships never flag - and that is what really elevates this comedy to greatness.
All of this might come across as little more than restless film school showmanship if Covino and Marvin didn't have such appealing onscreen chemistry, and a commitment to the chapter-based approach that basically allows them to get away with anything.
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