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One of the biggest production annoyances with Hardflip is that too often, it feels like one long Decypher Down music video (oh the good ole’ early 2000s). However, there is a healthy dose of Red that helps things. Nonetheless, though this movie was marketed as a music-filled experience, this is just too much. The music is too loud most of the time, and it thus hampers the film’s potential. Two main things that would make this production higher are to cut down the music to a more palatable amount and to bring the schizophrenic editing up to industry standards. These two fixes would have gone a long way in pushing this film closer to the Hall of Fame.
Plot and Storyline Improvements
The music overload also undercuts the plot’s ability to truly flourish in this film. There are a lot of creative artistic undertones in Hardflip that do not reach their fullest potential due to the wild and dizzying presentation of the plot events. Thus, some organization was in order. The psychological elements of Hardflip are a plus, but they need better development. For example, the asides with the homeless guy are interesting, but we need to be better connected with this subplot. Also, as with most films, improved characters via more complex and meaningful dialogue would have gone a long way to increasing this film’s overall score. Thus, with fewer music videos, a more responsible use of artistic and psychological elements, and stronger characters based on realistic dialogue, Hardflip could have been a Hall of Fame film.
John Schneider and Randy Wayne are a shaky lead role combo at best. If Caleb is supposed to be a teenager, Randy Wayne looks too old. John Schneider has shown that he is a product of his directors, so some better acting coaching was in order here. The supporting cast members could also use some upgrades. In short, better casting and acting coaching always go a long way.
Johnny Remo has always been close but not quite there in his films. Hardflip was possibly the closest he has ever gotten to true greatness in film making. He had great ideas here that, with further refinement, such as a more professional production, a more responsible use of music, a more organized plot, and more refined acting and casting, could have been a Hall of Fame film. We may never know the fullest potential of this movie, but perhaps future film makers can learn from Hardflip to make their films even better.