Ludvig Gür, the director of this film was a YouTube content creator who made videos that focused on the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999) games. Some of the videos caught the attention of producer Ralph D'Amato (who had worked on the games), which lead to their collaboration on this film. Gür was 18 years old when he pitched the project to Tony Hawk. See more »
'Indie Advert Flip'
The first twenty minutes of Pretending I'm a Superman offered promises of what the rest would fail to contain: interesting stories. Whilst everyone I wanted to hear from is featured to some extent they all fail to tell an interesting story past that of their own success from the videogames. It's nice to see a mention of the music but there's very little here involving the developers and the worlds they created.
There is little new to learn from the rest of the film. Small snippets of the film reveal a few minor worries with the videogame but there's a distinct lack of storytelling here. None of the frustrations develop into anything big. Every person seems to say the same thing - 'There could have been a problem, and I was worried about x but it was alright in the end,'. There's nothing inspiring to learn.
Missed opportunities include failing to show some of the prototypes that were talked about. One person recalls Bruce Willis skateboarding with a gun on his back but we don't get to see this. There's also no mention of Robomodo of what I would consider to be the downfall of the series.
It feels like the creators had to be kind to Activision and this damages how authentic the viewpoints of the people speaking are. By the end I was watching incase anything interesting happened, it didn't. The film became a corny drag to watch and I eagerly waited for the credits so I could get back to doing something else.
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