Thursday, 2 September 2010

Gentlemen Broncos

Recently I saw 'Gentlemen Broncos' - a strange film from the director of Napoleon Dynamite, I have to say that it wasn't all that great which was a shame as it had some decent parts, but they just didn't seem to really come together to make a great piece.
An awkward home-schooled boy goes to a writing workshop where his hero (a writer of absurd science fiction struggling to come up with his next bestseller, played with a bizarre drawling accent by Jermaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame) is giving a talk and announces a competition for the best new sci-fi novel to which the boy enters his latest work only to be ripped off and taken advantage of by some odd, local filmmakers.

There were some extra shorts created as part of a viral marketing campaign, with Jermaine Clement giving talks in character as the aforementioned famous writer, but the best thing that I saw, many months before the film is this animation with a great style, both in the colouring and the use of hand-drawn characters with digital/photographic backgrounds and wonderful voiceover too.

Some of the best bits of the film were not part of the main story, but live-action sequences from the boy's book as he imagines it would be as a film. In these the main character of the book is played by Sam Rockwell, an actor used to sci-fi; already having starred in Moon (very realistic and serious) and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (as Zaphod Beeblebrox, being much more ridiculous) using a total deadpan expression despite the ludicrous nature of the boy's story (involving the pictured rocket-launcher deer and cyclops guards).

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