On Deck

Published December 19, 2012

Waiting for Lightning (December 7, Samuel Goldwyn), Jacob Rosenberg’s documentary about skateboarding visionary Danny Way, seems tailor-made for today’s FAIL blog-trolling set—a virtual highlight reel of the legend’s personal tragedies and gnarliest falls. But Way, who overcame a broken home, heart, and neck to reach heights previously undreamed of in his sport (the film’s climax shows him successfully jumping the Great Wall of China in 2005, but only after nearly killing himself first), transcends that narrative. Redemptive and reflective in equal measures, Rosenberg’s film proves that the only thing more thrilling than seeing Way bail is watching him land.