I’ve seen Dogtown and Z-Boys and remember it as repetitious and overblown (i.e.: the Z-Boys – who invented rad skateboarding – caused a culture shift on a par with the Beatles. As if.) But it was interesting enough to nudge me to rent the dramatized version. Lords is a good coming-of-age story with nice performances (Heath Ledger’s Skip the surf guru with his bucktooth appliance steals a ton of scenes) and a lot less bombast. There’s an old saying: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. I’ve always thought it should be: Whom the gods would destroy, they grant heart’s desire. Lords of Dogtown demonstrates some of that.
(some of the boarding and pool-hopping scenes went on too long for my limited attention span)