Cast / crew
Surf’s Up (2007)
Cody Maverick dreams of being a surf champion like his idol Big Z. A film crew follow him as he tries to realise his dream.
Fun and nicely presented (using a talking head documentary style) but the story and characters are boringly off-the-shelf. Shia LaBeouf is perfect for centre-of-attention Cody but cannot escape the character being selfish until the script says otherwise, as opposed to until his character learns and grows. While it’s a common problem in movies, it isn’t disguised at all here. Jeff Bridges is also perfect as his laidback mentor-with-a-past. The surfing and wave animations are outstanding and compensate for the budget feeling of the remainder of the production design.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.