Napoleon Dynamite is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight
'fro, sweet moon boots and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon
spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with
his brother Kip and avoiding his scheming Uncle Rico. When
two new friends enter Napoleon's life - shy Deb and mustachioed
Pedro - the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class
president and make the student body's wildest dreams come
true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer. Napoleon will
have to unleash his secret weapon...
we get to see why “Napoleon Dynamite” turns out
to be such a cult indie hit. After skipping a theatrical release
here, it’s finally out on code 3 dvd.
it because of Jon Heder’s endearing portraying of Napoleon
Dynamite or the sometimes-inane humor? We guess both play
and writer Jared Hess’s (Nacho
Libre) tribute to the common class nerd is extraordinarily
outstanding among the current crops of usual crude jokes and
profanities-filled teen comedies (the American Pie series
for one). In addition, it also stands out for being sincere
although the leisurely-paced story might require some patience.
also has to go to Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell and Efren Ramirez
for playing memorable characters, the occasional smarty but
blurrish Pedro, the steak-loving Uncle Rico and nerdish Kip
who happens to be lucky to find his true love in the cyberworld.
humor works at times, not necessarily able to please the fast-moving
MTV generation of today (ironically the movie is produced
by MTV films). But you can’t deny Jared Hess and Jon
Heder for a great tribute to all the nerds and geeks in the
world. Who says nerds are all bookish and losers.
And oops forgot to mention, the opening credits deserve a
creative award or something.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
There's a two-disc special of Napoleon Dynamite somewhere
but this one-disc special surprisingly has a commentary track
and deleted scenes to make do with.
And Actor Commentary– Listen to the lively
banter between the guys as they divulge interesting snippets.
One of those funnier commentary ever heard on dvd.
"The Wedding of the Century" making of featurette
– A short featurette which touches on behind the scene
shoot of Kip's wedding. Funny thing is it was shot one year
after production has ended. So don't miss it as this scene
will be shown after the credits rolled.
Scenes – Nothing worthwhile to be put on the
final movie version. But look out for the scene whereby Napoleon
is getting his prom's outfit. On the accompanied commentary
track, it's hilarious.
You can't fault the visual nor the audio because you don't
need to utilise your 5.1 system for most of the duration and
the visual is good enough to show off Napoleon's 'fro and
dance moves towards the end.
by Linus Tee