4 September 2017

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite 2004
  • Director: Jared Hess
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Hayley Duff
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Tina Majorino – Veronica Mars
  • Why? Recommended by friends AS and AS.
  • Seen: 1 September 2017      

       For some reason, we got to talking about Idaho and how little one knows about this state. Potatoes. That’s about it for me.
       Oh yes, and My Own Private Idaho. Which led to this recommendation by AS and AS. They promised weird humour. Right. Just our cup of tea.
       Clever beginning credits. Then nerd kid, Napoleon Dynamite himself (Heder). He’s a high school student with frizzy ginger hair, half-closed bespectacled eyes, slack half-open mouth, big nose, big teeth and a petulant, angry, spaced out attitude who draws fantasy worlds. Completely and utterly uncool. And he’s the normal one in this oddest of movies.
       If it’s about anything I haven’t figured it out after half an hour.
       Maybe lost dreams, loneliness, nerdiness, friendship. Cruelty and kindness.
       It makes My Own Private Idaho look like a normal movie, and sorry Idahoans, it does not inspire me to move to Idaho.
       But it is weirdly, strangely…funny? Sweet? Sad? Appealing?
       All of the above.

4 * of 5


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