HBO Max The critical response to Max’s new Tony Hawk documentary has been polarising.
Iconic personalities like this one would have been expected to have a programme on HBO Max right now. Iconic skateboarder and icon Tony Hawk is the subject of a new HBO Max documentary that has received raving reviews from critics.
As a tribute to The Birdman, Until the Wheels Fall Off is a look back at Tony Hawk’s remarkable career in professional skateboarding, but this isn’t all it’s about. His personal problems are also revealed in the film, which reveals how difficult it was to get to fame. HBO said the film has “never-before-seen video and extraordinary access” since it was developed in close collaboration with Hawk.
Among the skaters interviewed for the video are Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, and Mike McGill (interesting fact: McGill invented the “McTwist” technique). If you’ve ever wanted to know what makes the greatest skater of all time, Tony Hawk, tick, this documentary may provide that insight.
Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the picture. On Rotten Tomatoes(opens in a new tab), the documentary currently has a perfect 100% rating from nine reviews, which indicates its high quality. It’s been said that filmmaker Sam Jones has crafted “a riveting, edge of one’s seat documentary” that manages to make a trick landing an emotionally moving scenario, according to Collider’s Ross Bonaime(opens in new tab).
For those of us who grew up trying and failing at ollies and kickflips, this documentary appears to be a worthwhile investment of time. Even if you didn’t grow up with sprained ankles from skateboarding, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off looks like a well-produced film that any sports fan will enjoy.
Alternatively, you may have spent your childhood playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games? Do not miss out on the free Kanopy(opens in new tab) documentary titled Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story. This documentary from the year 2020 explores the history of the video game series and how it has remained so popular over the years and still does today. HBO Max’s fresh look into Hawk’s life and career is a perfect companion piece to this one!