Wednesday, April 29, 2015

(Spoilers) Napoleon Dynamite Review

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***

The bright colors drew me in. And I saw some toys at the "cool" record store from the movie so I had to find out what this was.

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) meets a new friend in high school who runs for school president. A really laid back comedy?

Good or Bad?
Saw this one on TV and I think it took a few reruns for me to catch the entire movie. The first time, I may have missed the first half, then I forgot about the rerun and missed the first half hour the second time. I've probably seen this movie over a dozen times by now .

It was a movie about a guy in high school who didn't really fit in. This was set in a small town in America. Napoleon, his friends, and some other people had really reserved personalities (e.g. Pedro, Kip, Deb). Not much really happened. He met Pedro and Deb, there was some conflict, then Pedro ran for president. Kip, Napoleon's brother, had a relatively small subplot. And yet I loved it...

Maybe it had something to do with the photography. The movie was really well lit with bright colors everywhere. There were lots of beautiful fields in the open country and warm colored costumes. I found the photography to be beautiful and welcoming.

Was it like a version of 90210 for the really reserved kids? Napoleon, Kip, Pedro, and Deb seemed to have really reserved personalities. They kind of spoke with a monotone, and while they expressed themselves, it was restrained. Other people around them, however, were expressive like the cheerleaders and Napoleon's uncle -- I think he was an uncle. The school president thing pit the reserved kids against the more popular kids, so it was a bit of a story about the underdogs. Napoleon, Deb, and Pedro also form a fun friendship/relationship minus the more PG-13 aspects found in other teenage dramas.

I didn't really know what this movie was. Napoleon Dynamite didn't really seem to take itself too seriously. It had a really tranquil and chill atmosphere while looking warm and welcoming. The characters were loveable and there was a sense of nostalgia -- especially with the Backstreet Boys song nowadays. If nothing else is on but this is, I usually don't mind watching it again.

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