Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Bethany Hamilton Unstoppable opens Friday
Largely typical surfing biography is lifted up by stunning and visuals and an aggressive audio track. It is the amazing images and overwhelming sound that make this a must see on a big screen with the best sound available. The sound is so impressive that the film was the focus of a Dolby Labs Masterclass in film sound at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018). Trust me you want to see this as big and loud as possible.
Beyond the visceral this is a pretty straight forward of Hamilton who seems to be a sweet girl whose circumstance put her on the radar of most people beyond what a surfer of her caliber normally would be. Its all well and good but she is a sweet girl who has had a charmed existence with the result there isn't much drama. Left on its own the tale of her life doesn't really warrant a 100 minute film.
If you can see this on a big screen then it is recommended. If not the choice is up to you though I think it will play best for surf film fans.