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Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.
Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu.
[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.
Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching.
Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.
The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.
The big waves of Bruce Brown's famous '60s surfer movies like "Endless Summer" recede in son Dana Brown's piecemeal documentary about the 2005 Oahu North Shore Triple Crown surfing competition.
In a way, Highwater is the antithesis of The Endless Summer, the film made by Brown's father, Bruce Brown, more than four decades ago.
This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid.
Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout.
Less on the surfing and more on the entertainingly eccentric surfers, but narration can be as insufferable as it is informative, with superficial clichés of sports reportage.
Pipeline footage of star surfers makes 'Highwater' required viewing for anyone who pursues or want to pursue the sport, but the film also entertains those who just like to watch superb sports performances.
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