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In the end, I find this movie to be a tad over rated and mediocre. Photoplay kept me stoked throughout the movie and I was expecting PNW to do the same, slightly disappointed, yet not enough to sell my copy. Pick it up used, or check out your buddy's copy.
I've watched the movie on several occasions to enhance my final judgement. It's a good movie, but not as good as I've seen from Theory-3.
$28 or so after tax, maybe a little steep for this one, however, I don't regret the purchase. It's always nice to have numerous ski videos around.
After seeing the trailer, I had high hopes for this movie. Although, it showed some amazing skiing and talent, it didn't quite hold my attention as much as Photoplay.
The deep snow of the PNW is always great to see in movies. Some of the skiing was a little repetitive. It was nice to see some of the skiers who were neglected in Photoplay, getting some more attention. Good skiing, good locations, a little too bland.
I was pretty disappointed with PNW. The intro had me itching for a movie that could really interlace skiing with the success of the PNW this past season, but the actual movie just felt so standard thereafter that I felt underwhelmed. Some good segments are to be found, as well as some money shots, but a great movie? Nah, just decent.
Similar to years past. This is based on the feature film itself, not the full DVD.
I was pleased to see it in the end, but if my choices came down to buying a single (or even two) full priced ski movies, this would probably not be the one.
Good filming, OK editing, and decent content makes for a respectable, but lacking film.
Growing up and skiing in the Pacific Northwest, I was well aware of just how little exposure actually exists up here. Albeit there are some big name (or at least quasi big name) skiers that have emerged out of the PNW, but ultimately, the attention is elsewhere. After two awesome seasons, following a disastrous one, it was great to finally see a movie that was focused on the happenings in the PNW, or so I though it would be.
PNW got me a little concerned when I started seeing locations in Alberta. Fine, they wanted to film there prior, and some of their riders are from that area, so it was fitting to include places that aren't really "PNW", but I already knew it was a stretch of sorts.
The intro tried to knit the movie together as a regional showcase, or so that was my perception (as mentioned), bringing the viewer from resorts such as Mt. Baker to Whistler and beyond. And with a stellar early season, while the rest of the country was getting meager servings of snow, why not?
But... the rest of the movie trickled into a routine flick, nothing special, nothing really about PNW. I understand the filming was done in these locations, and a good majority of the riders are from the region as well, but movie itself did not generate that feeling. It just looked like a more up to date version of Theory-3 films of the past, with edited-to beat cuts, as well as random filler, that just doesn't work for me. You could watch any past movie and feel the same: the locations are pretty undefined. This was no exception.
Some of the shots within were great, and it seems that a lot of the backcountry endevours that Theory-3 is partaking in are getting larger and more winterized, whereas in the past, a large part seemed like spring time slush booters, deprived of the natural deepness that was seen in other flicks. But occasionally, there was a certain repetitiveness with shots; how many 180s into powder can one person withstand? It's a great and fun thing to do (love doing it myself) but only so much would seem necessary. In addition, the large discrepancy between park and pow/urban was a little too similar. Either the rider was in the park, or out in the backcountry or hitting urban, with little mix of all (save a few). There were some excellent urban shots throughout, so that in itself was good to see.