Very Enjoyable Video

Posted: April 30, 2011 in 2011, Videos

I was prepared for another video of same old, same old stuff, pyjama clad loons launching themselves off muddy hills but this is different. The scenery is fantastic, the riding is understated but obviously leagues better than most mere mortals could achieve. Post production has come up with some nice effects though one or two are beginning to become a little of a cliche. Unlike many bike films, there is a narrative (the search for the Holy Trail – groan) with a little bit of surrealism thrown in for good measure. At first I thought we were off on a Nosferatu trip but in the end it felt more like an homage to Donnie Darko with a pig standing in for the rabbit.

So, what we have here stands out as a short film, as opposed to simply a series of shots of guys riding bikes. The narrative drives along at a brisk pace, aided by the excellent soundtrack. As a bike film it stands out as the best one I have seen for ages, as a film in its own right it isn’t as successful. Maybe it takes itself a little too seriously, maybe it tries to be a little too much ‘art house’ but I like it. (Oh yes, there are also touches of Monty Python and the Holy Grail here too but no one gets thrown into a chasm for not knowing the right answer.)

Good bike riders don’t necessarily make good actors and this does detract from the overall impact, witness – the unmasking of the ‘pig’ and the hammy acting (sorry about the pun) in the car park at the end, the various ‘hammer scenes’.

My advice – as it says on the spiel in vimeo. Put it on ‘full screen’ (the resolution is good enough to look fantastic on a large Mac), grab a beer, turn up the volume and sit back for 15 minutes of great music, great scenery, pretty fantastic riding and enjoy.

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