Waiting for Lightning is a 2012 documentary about legendary skateboarder Danny Way. He is known for his willingness to go big. He jumped onto a ramp from a helicopter and he pioneered megaramps because normal ramps couldn’t contain him. The documentary explores Danny’s childhood and what drives him to keep on pushing the limits of an already extreme sport as he prepares to jump over the Great Wall of China on one of the highest ramps ever constructed.
Director Jacob Rosenberg has a lot of respect for his subject matter and it shows in the final result. He interviews Danny’s family and friends (including Rob Dyrdek, Travis Pastrana, and Tony Hawk), and Danny himself and pairs it with footage of his most extreme stunts and home movies. The climactic jump over the Great Wall of China is the highlight and feel-good moment of the film, a testament to his grit and determination as he battles injuries and personal demons to ultimately triumph in the end. Oh yeah, spoiler alert. Check out this documentary, you won’t regret it.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young