"Yes I am
Ignacio (Black) is a man who dreams of becoming a luchador
but as the cook in a monastery he can't even think about wrestling, as it
is a sin. As the orphans continue to ask for better food, Ignacio decides
that he must do something to raise money for them. After meeting local bum
(Jiménez), he decides to create a wrestling tag team that will take on all
the local luchadors. For he is now Nacho and with God on his side, he will
When the writers of 'Napoleon Dynamite' and 'School of Rock'
come together to produce a new movie, comedy fans should rejoice but will
they be fighting for laughs?
Writer/director Jared Hess, his writing brother Jerusha Hess
and actor/writer Mike White combine to write a comedy for cult actor Jack
Black but instead of taking the normal romantic comedy or zany American
comedy route, they head South of the border into Mexico and the world of
the luchador. Mixing one of American best comedic actors and Mexican wrestling
could be seen as a stroke of genius and for much part it is but the film
suffers from a common complaint for most comedy films, most of the best
gags are given away in the trailer.
The film is very much in the same comedic mould as 'Napoleon
Dynamite'. The humour is very lethargic and laid back, with the odd injection
of slapstick thrown in for good measure. It could even be classed as pretty
basic in parts but the film really hits comedy gold when it comes to portraying
the wrestling. The bouts are brilliantly staged and even more realistic
than anything that the WWE but all the realism aside, this is pure slapstick
comedy at its very best. Just watch Nacho and Esqueleto take on the beast
wrestlers and you will be laughing out loud. The training sequences are
also extremely funny but it is the in between moments that are not as humorous
as they could have been. Where these 'quiet' moments in 'Napoleon Dynamite'
where quirky because of the geekiness of the characters but Jack Black is
a little cooler than Jon Heder character and it is hard to believe that
he would lack confidence or feel awkward.
The character of Nacho, a friar who dreams of being a luchador
is a great character for Jack Black to play. Already on his way to becoming
a cult comedic actor and musician with his rock band Tenacious D, Jack Black
has also stepped into mainstream Hollywood with roles in blockbusters like
'King Kong' but it is in his leading performances that he gets the chance
to excel. As he did in 'School of Rock', Jack Black throws himself into
the character of Nacho and creates someone who is instantly likeable and
extremely funny. Never afraid of taking his shirt off, Black excels in the
fight scenes loving every moment of Nacho's time in the ring and then brings
his usual manic style to Ignacio outside of the ring. This highlights again
that Jack Black is one of the best comedic actors working in Hollywood today.
Supporting the leading man are performances from two of Mexico
best up and coming actors. Héctor Jiménez plays Esqueleto, the homeless
bum who becomes Nacho's wrestling tag team partner. He is an excellent foil
to Jack Black's Nacho, as he is the complete opposite, an extremely skinny
man who believes in science and not God. The extremely beautiful Ana de
la Reguera plays Sister Encarnación, Nacho's conscience and the Nun who
drives him to focus on doing good and not falling into the trap of fame
'Nacho Libre' might not be as quirkily funny as 'Napoleon
Dynamite' or as commercially amusing as 'School of Rock' but it is nicely
in between. The wrestling scenes are hilarious and the cast really have
fun with their roles but while the quite moments may not be as funny as
they could have been, the film is still destined to become a bit of a cult
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
A Commentary by Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White
The star, the director and the co-writer come together to talk and have
some fun while watching 'Nacho Libre'. While enjoying some Mexican food,
the trio chat, reminisce and make fun of each other for what is a very
funny and great listen for fans. This is an extremely well done commentary
and one that is definitely worth a listen.
Featurettes (56.07 mins)
Director Jared Hess, producer Julia Pistor, co-writers Jerusha Hess and
Mike White and stars Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Héctor Jiménez, Darius
Rose, Cesar Gonzalez, Carla Jimenez and Peter Stormare appear in five
featurettes entitled 'Detrás de la Cámara', 'Jack Black Unmasked', 'Lucha
Libre', 'Hecho en Mexico' and 'Moviefone Unscripted with Jack Black and
Héctor Jiménez'. They take you behind the scenes of the production, taking
you on location in Mexico, to the wresting ring with Jack Black and revealing
the history of Mexican wresting. You also get star Jack Black and Héctor
Jiménez interview each other and answer questions from the public. These
are a mix of good and usual, as the behind the scene featurette is fun
and very B-Roll but the interviews are your typical promotional material.
A good mix however.
Jack Sings (6.18 mins)
Watch Jack Black rehearse and perform the songs 'La canción de Ramses'
and 'La canción de Encarnación'.
Deleted Scenes (9.35 mins)
Entitled 'The Way of the Eagle', 'Poem for Ramses' and 'Ramses gets jumped',
these deleted or extended scene suffer from the lack of an introduction
or commentary to explain why they were delayed.
Promo Spots (1.37 mins)
Watch the TV spots entitled 'History of heroes', 'The fights…' and 'Action
figures' that promoted the cinematic release.
View images from on the set, of the Luchadors and Nacho
The DVD treat of Nacho Libre is filled with fun featurettes and a great
commentary track. This is worth renting/buying for Jack Black's contribution
alone. Fans should be very pleased with this DVD.
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