Adventures of Power (2009)
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A twentysomething misfit dedicates his life to giving the drummer some, even when the drums are only imaginary, in this comedy written and directed by comic Ari Gold. Power (Gold) grew up in a small mining town in New Mexico, where his father (Michael McKean) always imagined his son would one day join him in digging copper from the earth. But Power has a dream of playing the drums, and since he doesn't have a drum kit, he's become a master of "air drums," flailing his arms in the manner of Neil
Oct 23, 2009 Wide
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Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV.
The rhythm's off in this goofy tale of an air-drumming underdog.
It's not the rough edges that bother here; it's the desperate attempt to capture Napoleon Dynamite's success by relying on oddball characters and off-the-wall scenarios.
Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.
So would-be hip it hurts, Adventures of Power is barely watchable, despite the presence of such pros as Michael McKean and Jane Lynch.
Not even the always reliable talents of McKean and Lynch can help pull this comedy out of its ironic slump.
Gold attempts to show Power as a "Napoleon Dynamite"-like charmer, but Gold's spastic performance induces more cringes than smiles.
The film's penchant for dorky nostalgia -- especially '70s and '80s-era music -- quickly becomes irritating. It deserves a real tongue-lashing for trying to re-introduce the inexplicable Mr. Mister hit "Kyrie" into the American consciousness.
For all the cheap shots in Gold's script, Adventures of Power views air-drumming with a surprising affection.
The playful plot with go-figure ending is bubbly, and the mechanics of the film are on-point for the most part.
Writer/director/actor Ari Gold has made a competent student film that would graduate him from any film school with flying colors--that's to say, here is an example of a filmmaker who hasn't yet begun to find his own voice.
- Carlos: Bouncing off the substance of life. Up down, Up down. That is a double work out.
- Power: I'm not pussyfooting. I'm double-bass drumming!
- Power: I don't need drums. I am drums.
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