‘The Summit of the Gods’ Review: Mount Everest Is No Less Imposing When It’s Animated

For the 4,000-plus people who have climbed Mt.

Everest, it’s likely that no film will ever come close to capturing the reality of that once-impossible experience.

For the rest of us, “The Summit of the Gods” and its ilk will have to suffice.

And while it may not ascend to the same heights as the likes of “Free Solo” or the under-appreciated “Vertical Limit,” director Patrick Imbert’s animated adaptation of Jirô Taniguchi and Baku Yumemakura’s manga of the same name makes for an impressive trek.Looming just as large in the narrative is a camera that may or may not have been recovered from the remains of George Mallory, a mountaineer who disappeared along with his climbing partner Andrew Irvine on Everest in 1924.

To this day, whether they became the first to successfully reach the summit before meeting their end remains a matter of speculation and debate.

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