MTV Review: Waiting For Lightning
Gnarly doc on skateboarder Danny Way's great leap forward...
If you don’t know who Danny Way is, basically he’s to skateboarding what Danny Zuko is to slicked-back hair.
While Zuko fell head over heels for a girl in Grease, Way spent summer after summer at Del Mar Skate Ranch in California becoming so insanely talented with his board that by the tender age of 14 he had turned pro.
Now after achieving the extraordinary time and time again, it should come as no surprise that his life has been anything but ordinary.
Waiting for Lightning, a feature-length documentary directed by Jacob Rosenberg, is his inspirational story so far.
Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman and Ken Block are just a few of the legends who talk with passion about Way and what he means to skateboarding.
Interviews with his mother Mary and his DC-founding brother Damon reveal the personal tragedies which shaped the man he is today, while fans will be stoked by the amazing archive footage from his Del Mar days through to his golden X Games triumphs.
The film builds to one mind-blowing day in July 2005, when Way jumps the Great Wall of China on his skateboard. He did it not once, not twice, but five times.
It’s a spectacular stunt which needs to be seen to be believed as Way proves once and for all that “nothing’s too gnarly”.
By Ben Lowe @mtvuknews
Waiting for Lightning is in UK cinemas from 23 June 2013.