First Descent (Widescreen Edition)
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On a side note, I was a little disappointed in Shaun White's performance in this film. It seemed as though his heart was not really in the big back-country experience and that he would have rather stayed at home in the park. As a big fan of his riding, I was hoping to see more of his awesome freestyle ability translate to the open terrain. I was surprised to see him board with his freestyle binding setup (wide centered stance) rather than something more conducive to powder riding. I think the film crew noticed the lack on enthusiasm and actually showed him the least of all the five riders in the actual boarding scenes (they showed plenty of his interviews).
Overall though, I'd strongly recommend this film to any snowboarder who is truly interested in the sport.
The film's topic is interesting even if you're not a snowboarder or a fan of these six athletes interviewed here, but I feel someone else could have made a better film with the same material.
The feature film runs almost 110 minutes and spends its time mostly on two topics: history of snowboarding as sports, and the six athletes' rides in Alaskan mountains. Some part of the former section is fresh and informative; I didn't know snowboarding is so popular in Japan where you can see the riders jumping in packed stadium of Tokyo Dome. The excitement of the place is like the Rolling Stones concert, proving the riders' popularity.
But the film gives me an impression that the treatment is a bit cursory. You hear words like `big' or `huge' many times, but we are not allowed to know how big or huge the snowboarding business has become. We are told that snowboarding progressed with time, but seldom is the film incisive as to how. I am not saying the film should be erudite as textbook; I am only saying that we need more original approach to it, something humorous or human that made "Dowgtown and the Z-Boys" a joyful watch.
The same can be said about the section that follows the six riders in Alaska. They are all likable persons, quite frank about themselves and their snowboard riding is amazing.Read more ›
But the movie went above and beyond what i had expected. the shots throughout the entire film were astounding and refreshingly clear. having the history of snowboarding in there as well with the og's who started it all, this is probably the most well rounded and put-togehter film for snowboarding in it's breif and exciting history.
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If you get this movie to see raw mountains get shredded, you'll be disappointed - only one new mountain. Read morePublished 23 months ago by deuce883
My son is a snowboarding nut and this is perfect for him. This is an interesting film and has all the jaw-dropping boarding that you want to seePublished 24 months ago by Anne
My husband really didn't like this movie. We will never get a other movie like this one. Was very disappointed with itPublished 24 months ago by vera corhn
This is a great documentary about backcountry (particularly shaun white and his early backcountry experience). Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Taylor Carter
Awesome movie, makes me want to snowboard more. I am excited to one day go back to those places or something similar.Published on February 23, 2013 by crusadeforchrist
Never saw it myself; gave as gift to my snow-boarding grandkids. They loved it. Guess I'll have to take a look!Published on February 5, 2013 by Dan Dippery
I love this!! It really captures a lot of reality from the riders' points of view. The music is great, the narration is perfect, and the cast was genius! Well done, Mr. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by DarkSydeChik