Review: Pretending I’m a Superman

Title: Pretending I’m a Superman
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Director: Ludvig Gür
Starring: Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen
Runtime: 1 hr 13 mins

What It Is: If you grew up in the 90’s one of the biggest video games of your childhood was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. But what affect did this monumental game and franchise have on the world of gaming, the world of skateboarding. Neversoft’s absolute classic went through some changes to get to where it ended. One would think the namesake of the title would’ve just had a name attached. I mean he is seen by many as the greatest skateboarder alive…but is that really the truth?

What We Think: This documentary is pretty standard fair. It’s the subject here that’s going to either grip you or lose you. If you’re not into the subject then this will be a gigantic waste of time. If you are in fact into the subject though this’ll have you throughout the duration. It does move through some of the topics a bit too fast (i.e. the soundtrack). This is one of the biggest detriments to the film. Likewise, some of the information is repeated and that hurts this. I mean luckily there’s not much to the film so it is an easy watch. Nothing heavy. Which for a documentary in 2020 is a welcomed reprive.

Our Grade: C+, I liked this. Like it isn’t anything to write home about but I find that Gür does a great job of putting the facts together and telling us what it all means. Getting to the point is so often a lost lesson for doc filmmakers but this one nails that. The legacy of the THPS is unquestioned. Now the journey to get to the finished project is given to us. Packaged in a way that’s easy to watch and floats by at only 73 minutes.