The trailer for the Lords of Dogtown movie is finally up. The movie officially comes out on June 3.
In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, CA pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-boys paved the way to what is now referred to as “extreme sports,” and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business.
I don’t really know what else to say about it – looks quite good even though it’s “based on the true story” which means that it’s brimming with fiction. And, no matter how entertaining it is, I still can’t shake the feeling that these kids (now adults) are still being exploited. It’s also difficult to imagine only concentrating on three Z-boys dealing with dialogue that probably didn’t happen. All that said, the visuals seem spot on – seems as if they got that “feeling” of the times right.
I wonder how many more young kids will be copying these Southern California skate icons after this movie comes out?