If a fist bump could be a short film, Nitro’s BOOM! is just that. The film feels like an edit you and your friends would want to put together but much better than that. Like way way better!
BOOM! represents the camaraderie between all of us involved in the snowboard world. You can tell the riders and cameramen are all having fun together based on the big smiles and background commentary. Where one film focuses on incredible riding skills or another on majestic mountain tops, Nitro’s director has done a great job of keeping the focus on team, friends, and fun. From the start, and not the first time they have done this(refer to “Bad Seeds!,) a giant wave of snowboard humans come flying down a hill. This shot alone stands for “snowboarding is fun and best with friends” and we all need a reminder of that sometimes. Except Nitro does one better.
BOOM! holds this concept to heart almost throughout the entire film. I say “almost” because the first street sequence in Finland has some fun moments but gets pretty intense with the riding, or maybe its just the music. Once past that things get much lighter and more fun. No one person gets a part to themselves. Every sequence shows a team working together shoveling, pulling, or laughing with each other keeping the mood, and the overall tone of the film, light and relaxed. Every major trick is greeted with “woos” and high fives. A lot of tricks are played side by side with hysterical laughter and wacky crashes. The crashes presented are not meant to remind us of the harsher side of what we do but the sillier side of how things turnout. Kind of a “Why so serious?” thing. And let’s be honest flopping around in the snow is pretty hilarious and there is plenty of it to go around. Don’t get me wrong though, there is still some amazing shred going down in places like the freezing streets of Siberia as well as some fluff filled goodness in the backcountry of Idaho and Japan. We all know riding street and backcountry isn’t all fun and games but to the Nitro crew it looks to be about 98% fun and games.
From a filming/editing perspective this movie in on point. No one sequence ran too long or short and the cuts were on time. With a length of 38 minutes the film flows very smoothly and even feels a little longer than it is but in a good way. I was so engaged with the film that I lost track of time and couldn’t tell if it had been 20 minutes or 1 hour. Being tied with Red Bull I fully expected glory shots and emotional close-ups and I was not wrong. Fortunately it did not take away from the pure bliss of fun that is BOOM! The addition of comic book pop-up style characters was entertaining but can be a little distracting at times. I am a sucker for creativity but I know what it’s like to get a little carried away with a concept like that.
Nitro’s BOOM! is that “feel good vibe” type of movie that you will want to watch and share with friends. A small reminder that friends are best for having fun with and making fun of, especially when they eat shit riding down a powder field and pull like 10 fluff flops. It is free to watch too, so there is that.
Rating: 4 fist bumps out of 5
– Knut’s opening monologue.
– Anything Eero Ettala does.
– Every time someone falls in a hilarious manner.
– 13:18 Floating dead body.
– Siberia apparently has street rails built for snowboarding.
– 17:36 The truth behind epic euro carves.
– “We just playin’ We just having fun!” Next shot someone almost dies.
– 18:35 Dat Method doh.
– Everything Japan. Japan always looks awesome. I wanna go to Japan.
– 20:30 Rolls down cliff, thumbs up!
– Ballet sequence with Marcus and Torgeir
– 25:30 Guy in the back. We’ve all been there.
– Svalbard sequence, happiest feeling street part ever.
– “Thank you snowboarding!” should be at the end of every edit forever.