It's the summer season. It's August. It's the time for studios to start dumping their mindless teenage fare that would otherwise end up going direct-to-video. Enter a movie called "Blue Crush," about a girl entering a surfing contest. Sounds intellectual, doesn't it?
Surprisingly, "Blue Crush" is a relatively entertaining film with decent dialogue, decent acting and some excellent visuals.
Kate Bosworth stars as a pretty 20-something surfer girl in Hawaii who is preparing for a big competition that could put her into the international spotlight. Unfortunately, she has a couple of problems. One, though she is an excellent surfer, she suffers from lack of nerves at times, after almost getting killed a few years earlier. Two, she's met a young NFL quarterback (who honestly never seemed like one) and has fallen in love, and that can be distracting.
"Blue Crush" does a good job of never trying to do too much with itself, while at the same time taking itself seriously as to avoid being like all of the other teen sports comedies. Essentially, it is not a comedy at all; it's a lighthearted drama about ambitions, love, friends and surfing.
The love story is fairly standard, although it does avoid many of the clichés that other films suffer from. I liked that neither of the characters kid themselves about being together for ever, since they are from two very different places and have two very different futures. They may be in love, but they won't be together forever.
When all is said and done, though, "Blue Crush," is about the surfing, and the surfing is pretty awesome. Director John Stockwell does amazing things with the camera to literally get inside the wave; I'm amazed that he was able to do some of the stuff he did. There are some utterly incredible shots in this film that should not be missed. The only thing that hurts the visuals is that in times it is very, very noticeable that the actresses' faces have been computer-grafted onto someone else's body. There are a few times when their faces don't even look human.
"Blue Crush" is a film that I would recommend, although the movie is missing one key aspect that would have made it a lot better. It needs to explain surfing for us common folk. Most of the people watching this movie understand that surfing is a phenomenal skill, but most, including me, don't understand the absolute devotion behind it, and the rules in the competition. How are the surfers scored?
"Blue Crush" is a surprisingly decent film that could have been a little better, but not by much. It won't win any awards, but the surfing visuals alone are worth a rental.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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