In the summer of 1969, Derek is weeks away from the Vietnam War and Charlie is weeks away from University. Before they grow up, the best friends leave Michigan on one final adventure: a 1,300 mile bike ride around the massive Lake Superior.
My family immigrated from Finland to the Keweenaw only four generations ago... and we continue to migrate back each summer. Feels like home. "Why didn't you say you were from the Keweenaw?!" Possibly this movie is so poignant because of our connection; but it's a great film about being on the threshold of a new beginning and what that means to each young man both separately and together. The Keweenaw and the Big Lake seems to bring this out of people. I was still thinking about the film the next day- so that's a five star in my book. Don't let the subtle moments of this film fool you, its depth shows through in moments you'd least expect. Of course the scenery is gorgeous - We recognized a beloved road and could nearly smell the fresh air (and the cameo of the pasty was wonderful!) - I cannot wait to have my Dad watch with us this Christmas time.
A beautifully filmed movie featuring a poignant, funny and sincere coming of age story that touches your soul. It features the incredible scenery of Michigan's Keewenaw Peninsula in the state's Upper Peninsula and a beautiful musical score. The two main characters are very likeable and relatable - one friend who saw it said her brother used to do crazy stuff like that, referring to the opening hang gliding scene. Most who see this film will find something that they can relate to from their youth. And maybe stir their yearning for adventure! The characters the two encounter on their trip around Lake Superior are funny and memorable and portrayed by locals from the Keewenaw. The young crew and cast deserve five stars and I see a great future ahead for them!
Loved it. As a invader (I was born a Troll), I liked the story of real Friends. I've lived in Da Keweenaw now for 20 years and much was familiar. Being independently produced there were a couple slow spots, but It ain't as easy as it looks. I also wanted to see what Kym Kyro looked like. I love her voice on Radio. For now January 17, it is included with Prime so watch it multiple times to get the flavor.
Each time I watch it I see how clever the screen play comes full circle, with a surprise. Superior is a delight. Brings back memories of the issues of the late 60's and early 70's for us older folks, and a easy going eduction for younger ones who escaped facing the Vietnam choices. Edd Benda's first script and direction; Alex Bell's very professional photo work and production. Music written for Superior. Enjoy it. It was Dances With Films award winner and shown at the Grumann's Chinese on Hollyword Blvd.
My 18 yo son and I really enjoyed this film. It dramatized the story of Karl and Dudza traveling around the lake. The music and scenery were beautiful. I might be biased because it appears that most of the filming was done in the Keweenaw where I grew up. Four stars only because the acting, some of the accents, was a little overdone. All in all a fun story. Reminded me of some of the noir found in Finnish films.