LORDS OF DOGTOWN: UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION REVIEWED
“Lords of Dogtown” is the skateboarding prequel. Well, kinda. It’s a biopic about Stacy Peralta and the Z-Boys. Heath Ledge lumbers through the film, as well as the insane volume of cameos that Hardwicke stuffs throughout the film. Still, it’s pretty flat. I haven’t revisited the film since it first hit DVD and there’s a reason for that. It plays like a TV-movie meets an Unsolved Mysteries re-staging. What does that mean?
Well, when you cover history in a dramatic narrative, there’s a neat to entice the audience. It’s one thing to restate historical fact, but it’s another to make audiences feel they’re in the midst of it. When done right, it makes a viewer miss that era or want to learn more about it. When done wrong, it is the movie equivalent of a book report. While there are moments of genius throughout this movie, it can’t shake that dull sheen.
There is an excellent documentary about the same material. Honestly, it should’ve stayed a documentary. Not everything needs a live-action version and that shouldn’t be taken as a knock. More of a warning.
- Gag Reel
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 3/6/18
The Plot Thus Far
LORDS OF DOGTOWN tells the radical true story of three teenagers from California who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the sports world forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they join board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight) to create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship.