Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite - after 3 viewings

To those of you who have seen this movie:

Did you notice there isn't one nighttime shot in the whole movie? Even Napoleon's journey to the school dance - for which he picks up Trisha at 6:00 p.m. - happens in broad daylight. For a little while I wondered if the action took place in Alaska (it's Idaho) because the sunshine is so relentlessly bright and there's no dusk or dawn. I guess it's just what happens when you don't have a night-shoot equipment budget? I hope the actors wore lots of sunblock.

Did you wonder why most of the the characters dress like it's the 1980's? I'd think the action of this film took place in the '80's if it weren't for Uncle Rico talking about wanting to go back in time to 1982 (which was a truly great year). Are the dated fashions just part of the stylization of this movie or am I supposed to think that rural America, specifically Idaho, is stuck in 1985?

Tomorrow I return the movie :( <-- first time I use an emoticon on this blog

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