The Mountain Dew fueled, overly caffeinated style of riding and editing from Think Thank is something I have loved for many years. Unfortunately The Weather Outside is Weather does not keep the high going long enough.
If you watch TWOW at an event where you are unable to hit rewind I am sorry. So much snowboarding happens in the first 13 minutes of this film that you have to go back and watch it again, and again, and again. This isn’t an unusual aspect to Think Thank’s movies. They tend to be full of tons of energy and running at such a high pace that you miss 4 ridiculous tricks because you blinked. Some people may not enjoy it but I do. Half of it takes place on park benches and tables, the other half on mostly garbage can lids. There are some standard urban rails that pop up and the guys find plenty of ways to get creative on them. No one makes tiny features like lids and benches look as awesome as Think Thank can.
After the first 14 minutes things cool off and arrive at a place of peace. The editing takes a step back and we get to watch some high quality rail wizardry. Also there is a super sketchy step-up and good ol’ back country fluff around fun. More importantly we get some quality one foot and no foot tricks, a staple to every Think Thank edit. Some of it is awesome involving butters and twirly-doos. The rest happening in the back country which could be seen as unnecessary if you didn’t spend most of your time trying to figure out how you land in 2 feet of powder with one foot strapped in.
There is a knobby rails part. You need to see this part in person. I have no way to explain my emotions about this sequence (or maybe I just did.) Moving on.
Finally we arrive at Phil Hansen’s individual part. Up until this point everything was a smash up of riders with no defined parts so this is a little bit of a surprise. His part is a solid 4 minutes of high quality snowboarding with 3 minutes of skateboarding. To be honest, this whole sequence did not match the tone at all. Had Phil’s part been released online as an individual piece it would be perfect. His style barely matched Think Thank’s style, the editing was basic, and his part involved too much skating (but holy jesus is he an amazing skater.) Phil’s part in the movie left a bad taste in my mouth simply for being out of place. No disrespect Phil, your part was fire, I blame the editor for that one. Luckily we get back to the main crew for the big finale and the volume gets cranked back up to 11.
From a filming/editing perspective, I love Think Thank’s style. The filming is very skate inspired and the editing is no hold’s bar off the wall. At times it almost feels like its too much when the cuts are so sudden and the action never stops. Most videos like to hang on one super cool trick for a minute with 7 angles and part of it in slow motion. Think Thank never stops and sometimes I find myself not thinking and drooling during those moments. Sometimes you wish maybe they would go back to one of those awesome tricks but nope and power to the editor for resisting. One of my other favorite things about Think Thank films is their choice of music. The music and editing rhythm is always so well synced up and TWOW is no different. Not many people could edit to the fine tunes of Dan Deacon (look him up you hipsters!) Smartest editing decision is on display during the knobby rails part by using no music and forcing us to listen to the board slamming off each and every bump in the rail.
The Think Thank team is without a doubt still one of the most creative groups of riders around and if you didn’t already know that then you are stupid. If TWOW had simply blended Phil’s part in a little more subtly I would have rated this movie higher.
Ben’s Reel Rating: 3 Garbage Can Lids out of 5
– Ryan Paul’s beard.
– Ryan Paul goes under a bench.
– Ryan Paul climbs a fence. (I could make a long list of just Ryan Paul moments.)
– Blindfolded boardslide. Unsafe.
– Late night noseslide to frontboard around tree.
– Lid sequence. Where did they get so many garbage can lids?
– Max Warbington skate push to one foot boardslide through down flat down.
– 16:32 The rail, the balance, the skill.
– Cop guy on his first day.
– Knobby/Skate stopper rail sequence. Heart attack central.
– 23:43 Near death flips.
– 24:00 All the night moves and Dan Deacon.
– Ryan Paul frontboard across “S” shaped conrete barrier.
– 24:30 What was supposed to happen with that bungie pull?
– Jesse Burtner only keeps one foot strapped in at all times.
– 26:27 Max Warbs butt slide to rail hop bomb drop.
– 27:45 1080 on a snowball? That’s cool.
– 27:53 Poor Kid, never going to ski again.
– Ted Borland’s bowl cut.
– Standard Pizza shot.