Street Dreams Reviews
I adore this film. Everyone here gives great performances, really grounded and nonglorified ones as well. This isn't a glamorized depiction of a guy becoming a star. This is gritty and realistic, and it makes for some incredible dramatic tension.
The screenplay (which Rob Dyrdek helped pen) Is amazing. It's really funny, down to earth and not over the top.
The performances are great all around, especially the central group. The stand out in my opinion is caught between Ryan Dunn and Paul Rodriguez, who both turn in awesome performances. 95% of the actors in this film have NO experience in acting and they rocked it.
The direction is competent with just enough flair to distance itself from other movies of the same nature, but its nothing to write home about.
If I had to point out any flaws, I'd probably say it would be that its honestly too short. I didn't want it to end and I wanted to see more of these characters. They had really great chemistry with each other and honestly I didn't want to leave this world.
This kind of movie is inspiring to those of us who want to follow our dreams, show the world and those who tell us we can't do something that we can. Its a shame this film didn't get the attention it deserved, and I totally recommend you see it whether you're a skater or not.
Not only is this movie just skating and tricks. But the story and strong emotion put into it and what evey kid is told. As this movie can't touch "Lords of Dog Town" it's right behind it as a Classic. A+ 5/5 stars.
Street Dreams revolves around a high school aged kid played by professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, Jr. Like every single kid that dreams about turning pro, he must prove himself worthy by finishing up his video shoot and landing that perfect trick. Probably my favorite part about this film (besides the actually skating) is that the main characters are all from Chicago. Being that I am a die-hard Chicago fan of mostly everything.
I thought the film got off to a slow start, but picked itself up. Probably the worse acting was done by pro skater Ryan Sheckler. He needs to just stick to the board and reality TV. The musical soundtrack of the film was definitely something that kept me interested too, they did a great job with that. A lot of nostalgia came out of listening to some of those tunes; most notably alternative artists Linkin Park and Plus 44. The acting was B-list at best, but that didn't come to any surprise given a fictitious documented skatboarding movie. I could see that Dyrdek was just trying to have fun while he simultaneously starred in a movie that spread the word on skateboarding. Check that off the bucket list, sir.
To this day I still wear a pair of skateboarding shoes and can relate to that scene in my childhood. I was never that good at skating, but I had a board and tried my best when I could. Mostly the clothes on my back and the music in my ears represented the scene.
Overall this was a decent movie. Better than expected. If you at all appreciate skateboarding, then I'd check it out.
Additional side note: It was tough to see Jackass's own Ryan Dunn acting in this film. Not cause he's a bad actor; I actually thought he did a fine job. But, because of his passing away not too long ago. R.I.P Ryan.