Title: Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Sam Jones
Starring: Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen
Runtime: 2 hr 15 mins
What It Is: This documentary chronicles the life and career of skateboarding Michael Jordan, the legendary skater Tony Hawk. From his humble beginnings in the skate parks of Southern California to be the first human to ever hit a 900, to changing both skating and video games forever with the release of the game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Through it all, he’s been seen as the definitive voice of the sport, one that will forever be the measuring stick.
What We Think: This look into the life and time of Tony Hawk is certainly one of the higher-end skateboarding documentaries I’ve ever seen. Not as comprehensive as Dogtown and Z-Boys or even Pretending I’m A Superman. This certainly features more insight into a person who right alongside Michael Jordan was a prominent sports figure. In fact, even if people don’t know anything about skating, they know who Tony Hawk is. What I loved is how this put Hawk’s story into a fun and easily digestible story. Even for non-skating fans. Sam Jones is doing fantastic work putting this together. His other documentary on the band Wilco is really good too.
Our Grade: B, I recommend that people check this one out. It’s a really good documentary and it’s available on HBO MAX so it’s easy to find and enjoy. Even if you don’t really like skating or punk rock (two things prevalent in this documentary) you’re sure to appreciate the time capsule of the ’80s and ’90s that this brings. Check this one out if you’re looking for a documentary to watch. Speaking to my former skaters out there this is designed just for you. Go see it.