Sunshine Superman – Review

Magnolia Pictures' Sunshine Superman is the tale of the bold Carl Boenish aka the father of BASE jumping.  Click through for my review of this documentary from Director Marah Strauch.

The documentary not only gives us the back story of Carl's intriguing life but it also showcases the incredible love story he had with his wife Jean.  Together, along with some other bold characters, they would change the whole concept of aerial jumping by not only creating the BASE jumping movement but by sparking the next wave of men and women flyers. 

Jean and Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The bold nature of this group of flyers is both inspiring and haunting.  With every second of film you dread the reality of why Carl isn't part of the interviews and yet when we finally do learn about his tragic final jump it's Jean who comforts us all.  Director Marah Strauch has made one of the year's quality documentaries and even one of the better love stories.

Marah Strauch, director of SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The amazing beauty of the landscapes we get to witness as these high flyers soar through the skies is worth your price of admission.  But the film works well as just a history lesson into how these sky divers changed the aerial game completely.  And to think it started with tackling the landscape of Yosemite!

But for us Texans, the reality that H-Town was the site of many of the first BASE jumps should hold a real special place in our hearts.  I mean NASA is based in Houston, so why shouldn't the BASE jumping movement start with the first skyscrapers of Oil Town.

Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

But these folks weren't just nuts or dummies.  They were educated people who took their time with all of the necessary steps needed to make this amazing jumps.  This clip explains how filming of these jumps was the real important part of Carl's journey.  Without evidence, his real goal wouldn't have been accomplished.

In the end, Carl Boenish was much more than just an eccentric maverick.  He cared about the world on another level and wanted people to not allow fear to rule their world.  This film showcases why you shouldn't allow barriers or walls to hold you back. 

Climb Them, Jump Off Of Them, Be a Sunshine Superman

Don't be afraid, take the plunge and go see this incredible documentary.  For more information about the film go, here.

For us Dallas folks head on over the Angelika Film Center to check out the film.

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