Almost Skateboards- 5Incher
It’s been a while since I’ve done a film review, and longer since I’ve written anything longer than a few paragraphs on here, so I’ve decided to review the new Almost film, 5 Incher. Coming in at just over 30 mins, it’s a nice little vid that hasn’t been over-hyped unlike certain skate releases of late. The first I heard about it was when I saw a trailer a few weeks ago and I think this subtly has done it good.
First up in German wunderkid Willow. Opening up the video with a nice little line, his part continues with a good mix of lines and stair tricks. His flick and catch is pretty much perfect, especially on his heelflips and he does a fs nollie flip that is tweaked to perfection. His last few tricks are straight up hammers including a nollie heel down a set of stairs that I probably couldn’t be bothered to walk up.
Cooper Wilt is up next. Cooper’s one of those skaters who has been around for years but who hasn’t really had the big video parts others might have had. Judging from this section, he’s grown into a powerful, interesting skater. He reminded me a bit of Bobby Worrest but with a different take on spots. His section was probably one of my favourite in the video. Great trick selection, some cool lines and some things you might not expect from him.
I’ve never really been into Lewis Marnell and this section didn’t really increase my interest in him. His intro was wicked though, “I kill you” and he does have some interesting ledge combos, especially the lipslide to front crook.
The middle section of this video is reserved for the ams, most of which didn’t really grab my attention, save for Youness Amrani, who has the most ridiculous board control. He does a line on these three benches which is just perfect. His ender is fucked. In the words of Willow, “I dont even know what to say.”
Daewon’s section was mostly bails. Well, maybe not but there are a lot and you’ll see why when you watch it. He doesn’t skate a single ‘normal’ spot in his whole section. As amazing as it was, it was in no way my favourite Daewon section. I got the impression he seemed bored with skateboarding. His section is like when you complete a video game and then you go back to the old levels to just dick about on them. He’s completed skateboarding and now he’s just messing around until we catch up with him.
I really liked Chris Haslam’s section. Like Daewon, he has all the mad, tech tricks you’ve never seen anyone do and will never be able to do yourself, but he mixes them with more ‘serious’ lines and handrail tricks which gives his section a nice variety that was missing in Daewon’s section. I’m not sure what many of his tricks were but everything was landed perfectly my favourite being the tailslide front foot impossible out and his last trick is straight up, balls out gnarly. Yet done like he’s skating a 4 foot transition.
All in all, a good little video. A few amazing parts (Willow, Wilt, Haslam) but lacking a bit of ooomph that other recent releases have had. Some of the filming was a bit dodgy in parts and those expecting a fully HD video will be disappointed. Having said that, the music was great, there was a sense of fun that ran throughout the whole film and the credits are some of the best I’ve seen in a while. Not a classic but one that will definitely get a repeat viewing.