Sunday, June 18, 2006
Movie Reviews: Nacho Libre & AEON FLUX
A poor friar (Jack Black) struggles to make a good meal for the kids at his orphanage. But after a chance encounter with a street thug, it occurs to him that maybe he could earn extra scratch by entering a local wrestling match. Soon his masked alter-ego, Nacho, is born. Can he defeat Ramses, the most popular wrestler in all of Mexico?
Cast Jack Black
Director(s) Jared Hess
Writer(s) Mike White
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Sports/Recreation, Wrestling, Comedy, Comedy (General), Wrestlers, Mexican
Release Date June 16, 2006
Running Time 100 minutes
MPAA Rating PG - for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue
Nacho Libre is a funny movie. This film drips with the same style and tone of Jared Hess previous cult film Napoleon Dynamite. While the movie is fun and enjoyable, how much you like it will be determined by how much you like Jack Black. Here the film will either get you or lose you entirely. While the rest of the cast is in full dead pan glory, al Napoleon Dynamite, Jack Black is in full clown form taking very little seriously. For me its not a terrible thing but I couldnt help but feel his clowning was a bit distracting considering the films dead pan tone. Regardless, the film is enjoyable and theres plenty of fun to be had even though the finale isnt quite as funny as it could have been.
Four hundred years from now, disease has wiped out the majority of Earth's population, save for the residents of Bregna, a city-state protected by a giant wall and ruled by scientists. Aeon Flux (Theron) is an operative for the Monican Rebellion, an underground group led by the Handler (McDormand), who wants Aeon to kill the government's leader.
Cast Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie (more)
Director(s) Karyn Kusama
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Theatrical Release, Assassins, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Heroines
Release Date Dec. 2, 2005
DVD Release Date April 25, 2006
MPAA Rating PG-13
The only thing worst than a bad movie is a bad boring movie. Aeon Flux is both. Charlize Theron is surprisingly bad in this futuristic bore fest. If you were to remove Theron from the movie, it would impossible to tell this drudge apart from any of the made for TV sludge on the Sci-Fi network. What makes this movie so bad? Well, for one the plot is so muddle and exposition so painful to sit through that there is no possible way for the audience to understand or care about whats happening on screen. Secondly, the film has very little style or visual punch which makes the whole endeavor all the more painful. I had held off on watching this movie because Id heard how bad it was, now I wish I would have paid more attention and not wasted my time.