With all deference surfer documentaries manipulate a tired plot of a determined surfer looking for the perfect wave and slather it with good cinematography. In this case don’t expect a novel plotline but be prepared for the stunning cinematography Rick Rifici has handed us here. In fact watch the huge curling monsters and Rifici will take you on magic carpet ride to the surfing world of Australian surfer Kerby Brown.
The monsters faced by Kirby are numerous and you’ll conclude that it is not only waves that can be a monster but mental unease and uncertainty about the future both of which he muses about through the documentary.
OK so not a soul-searching documentary but a bloody good relaxing documentary chock full of some of the nastiest waves you may have seen. As Kerby opines it is not the size of the waves that is key but rather the thickness in them. Rest assured in the Southern Ocean there are some exceedingly thick looking waves and at times one may wonder is this Kerby Brown a kamikaze or a brazen surfer. Probably a bit of both.
“Facing Monsters” is directed by Bentley Dean and it opened in the United States on September 22. On October 15th it will be available on various VOD outlets.
You can watch the trailer here https://vimeo.com/734190925
RKS Film Rating 87/100.