Nick Schager Reviews Dragonslayer

Is Josh “Skreech” Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever? That’s the only absorbing question raised by Dragonslayer, Tristan Patterson’s portrait of the aimless on-the-skids skateboarder, who during this indulgent film struggles to plot a course for his wayward life as his once-promising pro-skating career fades and his responsibilities as a new father mount. Patterson provides no context for his material, instead choosing to let facts about Skreech’s life and circumstances slip out through offhand comments at random intervals and amid beautifully shot montages of kids grinding in abandoned Southern California pools and puking at late-night house parties.

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