Some people deal with their demons with alcohol or therapy. Danny Way deals with his by flying through the air with only kneepads and a helmet to keep him from splattering. The documentary Waiting for Lightning goes deep into the Portland-born pro skateboarder's past to paint a hero's portrait, from troubled childhood to epic launch over the Great Wall of China. Director Jacob Rosenberg also manages to detail the history of pro skateboarding, with Way as one of the youngest skaters on the circuit that also included Tony Hawk. Still, it's hard not to long for Rosenberg to pull the camera back further and explore the world beyond Danny's sphere. Because it's so trained on the star, the appeal of Waiting for Lighting is limited to fans of the sport. But with its startlingly gorgeous action footage and fascinating, deep dive into Way's world, it's essential viewing for true believers.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Critic's Score: B
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