Friday, April 28, 2017

Now on Netflix: Slam (2017)

Slam (2017) - Directed by Andrea Molaioli; Written by Francesco Bruni, Ludovica Rampoldi, Andrea Molaioli; Starring Ludovico Tersigni, Barbara Ramella, Jasmine Trinca, Luca Marinella.

By Kenny Howell

What I expected with Slam, the new Italian film from Netflix, and what I got with Slam are two totally different things.

Going into it, I thought it would be a movie geared toward teenagers about skateboarding that was a bit silly and generic.

I should have known since it was adapted from a Nick Hornby novel that it would be much different. It ends up being an interesting look at growing into a man and becoming yourself.

Our youngster here is Sam, a 16-year-old who is obsessed with Tony Hawk (who narrates part of the film), and skateboarding in general. His focus shifts a bit when he meets Alice, a beautiful young women who instantly steals all his attention, as girls often do to boys his age.

They fall right into a relationship, moving at warp speed as he forgets about skating, which worries him a bit. He's a youngster and feels like his freedom is taken away from him, his desire to move to California and skate hanging in the balance. But another major life change could be coming as the romance progresses that could change everything.

The story itself isn't anything revolutionary, as it relies more on the way it is told. It is honest about teen love, and has some interesting devices like Sam jumps into the future a couple of times in the film to see where his life his headed. It could seem out of sorts in someone else's hands, but director Andrea Molaioli uses the source material well and flows everything perfectly. It's sweet at times, very realistic (despite the time warp), and much better than I ever expected it to be.

Slam is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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