Saturday, October 27, 2007
Surf's (Two Thumbs Way) Up!
My wife and I went with some friends to a screening of the new surf movie, "Walking On Water". This is a Christian film directed and produced by some friends of mine.
Now, I am usually an incredibly harsh critic when it comes to "Christian" films...I thought "Facing the Giants" was so cheesy and poorly acted (especially after all of the "good" things I'd heard about how it was so much better than the normal Christian film) that I wanted to cry.
But, this film blew me away. Here are a few reasons why:
> The directing, filming and editing are outstanding. I've seen most of the classic surf films as well as lots of the new stuff that is coming out, and this can stand up to any of them. By far, the most professional piece of Christian film art I have ever seen. Beautiful. I knew it was going to be different from the opening credits...
> The story is really powerful. From the website:
"When Bryan Jennings (Founder/Director of Walking On Water) was fourteen years old he was taken on his first surf trip by a local professional surfer. This trip had a lasting effect on his life. In Walking On Water Bryan returns the favor as he takes Tyler and Luke literally around the world in hopes that they too will forever be changed. Along the way they meet up with three-time world champion surfer Tom Curren, teen shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton, top professional surfers C.J. and Damien Hobgood, and many others. Join Luke and Tyler as they travel to Hawaii, Peru, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, and France. In this beautiful and inspiring film, the world becomes their classroom."
It's shot as a documentary...think of it as "Endless Summer" with a huge heart and seriously meaningful message for today's youth culture.
Whether you're a surfer or not, whether you're a fan of the ocean or not, whether your a Christian or not, I seriously recommend that you check this film out. This is one of the few times I've ever walked away from a movie theatre with this good a feeling about a film. It's that good.
Just watch the trailer and tell me you're not interested...