Was this movie the best skate flix ever? No but then I haven't seen that one yet. Was it cool, make a statement? Yes, here's my take.
If you pre-date `Dogtown Z-boy' period and were involved in lets say conventional sports. Then you might just pick up on Peralta's central theme in the movie, that `We set the stage for the future of extreme sports'. Although never a skater, I tend to agree and here's why.
Check out the scenes of the revived Delmar event. Notice the competition, they were athletes 1st, and skaters second, e.g., handstands, gymnastic moves etc. Were they good, talented? Sure but they were acrobatic and there is nothing new about acrobatics other than the equipment used.
Then along comes the Z-boys with a unique, spontaneous (out of the box) style. Were Z-boys the best? Maybe not but they put something on the map that was not there before and has since changed the face of sports. I keep this in mind when enjoying the modern X-Games, surfing etc. the EXTREME stuff. And ponder, how did they get there?