directed by John Milius
It’s been a little while since I reviewed a good surfing film, so it’s a no brainer that I should praise the efforts of John Milius and his classic coming of age as surf epic film, Big Wednesday, starring the solid and often underappreciated William Katt, the ever percolating intensity of Gary Busey, and probably the only time I actually like Jan-Michael Vincent. It’s the story of free and easy youth, burdened with the passage of time, the responsibilities and consequences of growing up, the fallout of war and the calm waters between, and always the faces of the California breaks serve as a motif, an expressionistic and contemplative meditation on the state of the young men around whom the film revolves. Milius’s film is a surfing film made by a surfer, and it shows. It’s no Gidget, no exploitative beach buffs hanging ten and bronze bunnies playing beach blanket bingo. Big Wednesday is a great addition to any surf film catalog, and in an interesting way, it even adds another level to Busey’s Pappas character in Kathryn Bigelow’s amazing film, Point Break. The cinematography is great, as are the action shots of the surfers themselves. Give it a shot You won’t be disappointed.