Tuesday, January 18, 2005

8. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

NapoleonDance
NapoleonDance,
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It's not a transcendent movie. The filmmakers' inspirations are easy to guess. But it delighted me. The brilliantly designed opening credits were even done without computer animation. What I like most about this film is how it captures the humor of a specific generation– or its nerdy subset, of which I was (am) most definitely a member. It gives the initiates a sense of ownership. I also appreciated the idea that the archetypal "jock"and "popular girl" characters were not particularly attractive, athletic, or even mean. How can Generation Y film pastiche be more insightful than the Bush administration in identifying that there is no such thing as pure evil?

1 comment:

Laura said...

You spelled Napoleon's name wrong. For shame. Europe is weeping...