As deadpan as comedies go, Napoleon Dynamite stars John Heder as the titled character — a super-duper weird dweeb filled with angst who seems half-dead in the entirety of the movie.
He lives in a worn-out rural province with his weird 32-year old brother who has an Internet girlfriend, and an uncle who’s as asshole. Believe me, the whole movie just shouts “worn-out” that it’s amazing how people couldn’t be worn out after watching such a depressing movie.
It was so bad I had a headache afterwards. It was THAT tiring to watch.
What perplexes me is that it was supposed to be very funny.
Loads of friends I know from the States have recommended for us to watch this movie.
It was said to be a favorite at the Sundance Festival.
As to why, I have no idea.
Maybe it’s because viewers have fun watching underdogs who triumph in the end. But then again, how can you find a movie funny if you can’t get the point?
A total waste of time — When my friends and I watched this movie, NOBODY was laughing. Everyone was repeatedly asking each other what the point of the movie was. And funnily, nobody could get it.
All there was was embarrassed silence for not being able to laugh at what people would call as one of the funniest movies of the year.
Why can’t we get the jokes?
Was there something wrong with us?
Why couldn’t we find the movie funny at all?
Or maybe it’s just one of these movies where you either hate ’em — or love ’em.
And we merely just plain hated it.
We just couldn’t wait for the movie to finish. Till the end, we were waiting for that big punchline that never came.
Or maybe, it’s like the Emperor’s New Clothes?
You know, people think it’s funny because other people say it’s funny.
Well, personally, I think the movie stunk big time.
See it if you want. But I’m warning you — I didn’t find it funny. And chances are, you wouldn’t too.
But if you have watched it, do tell us why it was funny. Tell us the point of the movie. Cause frankly, nobody who watched it with me that night could get it.