MUN Cinema Series: Take Every Wave — The Life of Laird Hamilton
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (USA 2017) 118 min Directed by Rory Kennedy You might find this glorious documentary in the ‘sports’ genre category, sure, but it is more reaching than that category would suggest. This is about a guy who has dedicated himself to doing Big Things, like taking on the biggest waves in the ocean. Director Kennedy, she of the famous family, by the way, was attracted to the subject for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is a quintessentially American story of bravado. We are less likely to admire it for that reason as for its stunning cinematography and the sheer appeal of its clearly fearless surfer-hero. What makes someone like Laird Hamilton tick in the first place? Of course, if you know anything about him, you know Hamilton didn’t just surf but he also changed the nature of surfing itself, pushing new approaches to go way beyond what had been the tradition of this big wave sport. He also lives to tell the crazy tale. It’s a totally riveting experience which is best appreciated in the still comfort of a darkened theatre, not hurtling over some 80-foot monster in the Pacific.
Presented by MUN Cinema