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Length: 88M
 
Release Date: 25 April 2013
 
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3/ 5


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Short segments on each competitor


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The Motivation recaps the 2012 Street League skateboarding championship by following around the top 8 competitors. The movie is less about skating and more about the people involved in the skating community. A majority of the documentary is covering a brief history of each skater, each one having very different histories, motivations and goals. Some […]

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Posted August 7, 2013 by

 
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The Motivation recaps the 2012 Street League skateboarding championship by following around the top 8 competitors. The movie is less about skating and more about the people involved in the skating community.

A majority of the documentary is covering a brief history of each skater, each one having very different histories, motivations and goals. Some of them are older veterans of the sport trying to stay on top, while others are up and coming new talent breaking into the scene and trying to deal with their new found popularity and success. This is helpful for viewers who aren’t into the sport where these skaters are likely well known, but I can’t help but think that since it consumes up so much of the movie that it might not be as interesting. I have to think there is probably at least enough personal details that even the most die hard skating fans will learn something about these athletes. Even with so much of the film dedicated to the history and stories of the skaters, with 8 people profiled, none of them go truly in depth. There were a couple of the characters I wouldn’t have minded seeing a larger segment done to tell their tale, but I can understand why that didn’t happen.

The competition itself takes only a short amount of The Motivation in respects to air time. There is a lot of buildup to it but very little coverage of the actual event itself. You only get to see just a portion of the runs that had an affect on the outcome which is only a run or two for many of the competitors. Personally, I would have preferred to see a bit more of these incredible athletes perform, but that’s only a minor criticism.

The production quality is top notch. The camera work is great on the action shots and clean with the interview scenes. This is something a lot of documentaries have trouble with, but this movie is quality all the way in this regard.

Overall, this is a pretty decent way to spend an hour and a half. While those who are into the sport will likely find it much more appealing, this is an easy watch for anyone interested in competition documentaries. With the copious amounts of back story, this ends up being more of a character study than a true documentary on the sport, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting to watch. In fact, with some of the colorful characters and the diverse situations they hail from, it has plenty to offer in that regard. This movie could easily be at home as a prime time feature on a sports channel and I think it would make most of that viewing audience satisfied. If that’s not your thing, this movie may not be for you though.

 

The Motivation is available for purchase here.


Anthony

 
I've been a game enthusiast since my 2600 enjoying RPG, platformer and adventure games. Also a film buff who enjoys quirky, indie films and a huge Hitchcock fan.