At the annual Transworld Riders Poll Awards at SIA we were all welcomed to a sneak peak of the Defenders of Awesome 2 trailer by Capita Snowboards. Stay Bad Ass was the second high point of the night, only eclipsed by Chris Roaches booze and drug fueled rant about how Jack Mitrani couldn’t introduce Brian “Guch” Iguchi for the Legends Award. That trailer garnered the loudest reaction of the night.
On September 13th DOA2 Stay Bad Ass premiered at Snowboard on the Block in Denver, Colorado. The screen it was shown on sucked and didn’t do the film justice, but now after attaining a copy of it I can safely write a real review of this movie.
It should be pointed out that the Capita team took some heavy hits this year. This explains the shorter parts from Cale Stephens, Dan Brisse, Scotty Stevens, Jess Kimura, and Brendan Gerard. After watching the film a few times through though this doesn’t necessarily take away from the overall film, it just shortens it. Think of this as the movie you want to watch before you shred when you have 15 to 25 minutes to get ready.
It’s good, but for reasons Mark and Capita can’t control it just leaves you wondering “what if” – Daniel Cochrane local SLC writer.
Mark Dangler and Skyler Brent manage to help capture the riders personalities not only through their riding but with the quick monologues before each of their parts. This is something that seems to be slightly overlooked these days in the rampant part after part movies that fill our feeds online or iTunes.
While the film does come away as being a bit short there are definite stand outs. Personally it was good seeing Dustin Craven again as he is a rider that has always been solid but seems to fall in the cracks between big projects. With Andrew Burns moving on to D-Day Snowboards he slides in and 100% fulfills that Canadian BC powder slayer void that’s left wide open.
Jess Kimura proves yet again why she is the ‘Danger Pony’, there’s times you just watch and wonder how she walked away. Scotty Stevens as witnessed by his b-roll shots above is still the master of both quick flicking and one footed snowboarding. Johnny O’Connor drops some heavy hammers which is to be expected and if you witnessed him at this past weekends Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails you know his star has yet to shine its brightest. Kazu was given the ender and it seems like a perfect fit as it ends the movie with possibly the most recent bad ass half pipe rider of our generation.
Over all as Dan Cochrane mentioned this movie does leaving you wondering ‘what if’ had the team not gotten injured or why they didn’t pull some of their hungry up and coming talent into this project. It’s a great follow up to Defenders of Awesome, but much like in Hollywood the sequel doesn’t fully live up to the potential it could have. If I had to give it a rating it would be 3 and a half fingers because it isn’t fully ready to make a fist and show you how to stay bad ass.