Nacho Libre Reviews
Directed by Jared Hess, famous for "Napoleon Dynamite, and also written by him along with Jerusha Hess and Mike White, the film is a strange one. A blend of characters that sometimes don't work and drive you to shout in anger or roll your eyes at them sometimes.
Jack Black plays himself as usual with the name of Ignacio or "Nacho Libre". He is a priest in Mexico who dreams of being a wrestler. The film accounts his attempt at achieving his dream.
Released as a summer blockbuster, it disappointed at the box office and not for any bad reason. This film is by far the best. The script is very poor and the cast supporting Black and Hector Jimenez, who plays his sidekick Esqueleto, don't live up to what they should have and disappoint.
However, despite the poor script there are moments in the film which drive you to hysterics. Jack Black playing himself as ever finds a way to make himself funny, even after the fiftieth film.
Although it is far from "Napoleon Dynamite" and also far from other films that Black has done, "Nacho Libre" is a good laugh, especially on a wet Wednesday afternoon when you're feeling a bit down.
*** 3 Star
Nacho Libre follows an unhappy Monk who dreams of being a Wrestler. Unfortunately I was left feeling that the film could have delivered so much more but like the character ended up falling flat on its face again and again.
The film definately carries the same feel as Hess's Napoleon Dynamite but kind of missed the point casting the over the top Jack Black in a role that should have been subtly played.
"Precious Father, why have you given me this desire to wrestle and then made me such a stinky warrior? "