Has there been a more eagerly anticipated film in the history of snowboarding than The Fourth Phase starring Travis Rice? The hype train has been full steam ahead on this for years now, ever since Travis stunned snowboarding audiences and non-snowboarding audiences alike with the The Art of Flight way back in 2011. After the first trailer dropped for The Fourth Phase, at the end of 2015, the hype train got transformed into a warp speed rocket ship and it’s been go, go, go ever since.
Finally though, the wait is over and the film that Rice has made clear he doesn’t want labelled as ‘The Art of Flight 2’ is here. We went along to the London Premiere at BFI Southbank to see if the new movie could possibly live up to our unreasonably high expectations.
It starts off with some laugh out loud pretentious bollocks. Waves crashing, water transforming, and Rice saying hilariously abstract things like “I am a seeker” (which as Harry Potter fans can testify is literally the most important position on a Quidditch field). Some of this bit is so overdone, so trying to be artistic, so trying to be deep and meaningful that it feels like a parody of a big budget snowboarding movie starring Travis Rice rather than the real deal.