Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

It’s today’s Trailerspotting slot.

Since it was instituted just five minutes ago, readers have eagerly looked forward to the regular Trailerspotting section on the Screenwriter blog. This week we’ll be considering the promo for Gentlemen Broncos by singular Mormon prankster Jared Hess. Here it …

Tue, Oct 13, 2009, 00:37

   

Since it was instituted just five minutes ago, readers have eagerly looked forward to the regular Trailerspotting section on the Screenwriter blog. This week we’ll be considering the promo for Gentlemen Broncos by singular Mormon prankster Jared Hess. Here it is in all its unusual glory:

YouTube Preview ImageNow, Mr Hess does divide people. Napoleon Dynamite, his debut, has a great many fans, but some grumpy old sod-heads felt that it dallied a little too long in the country we call Quirkyland. That film’s even odder follow-up, Nacho Libre, starring Jack Black as a Mexican wrestler, attracted no such controversy; that is to say virtually everybody hated it. Given that I laughed so hard I gave myself an aneurism, I suppose I must regard it as the second-most underrated film of the decade (after, maybe, Strange Wilderness).

On the evidence of the trailer, Gentlemen Broncos offers no concessions whatsoever to those who think Hess too quirked-out by half. After all, it begins with a long-haired man shouldering a snake and goes on to take in surveillance-does and transsexual space-jockeys.

There are, however, plenty of reasons to be optimistic. For starters, the film features the mighty mass of funny that is Jennifer Coolidge. I would happily watch anything, even an Oliver Stone film, if it included just the tiniest cameo by Ms C. Also, the trailer takes in In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) by ersatz hippies Zager and Evans and, equally thrillingly, footage of Sam Rockwell in a silly wig. The really intriguing performance here though comes from Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement as a hugely pompous fantasy novelist named Ronald Chevalier. It’s very funny, but I do find my mind wandering towards thoughts of a hugely pompous horror writer named Garth Marenghi. I wonder if Matthew Holness, who played the fictional “dreamweaver” on Channel 4, is fuming in his lair.Hmmm…YouTube Preview Image

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