Gentlemen Broncos: Movie Review
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano,
Director: Jared Hess
So the director of Napoleon Dynamite returns with this film showing
nationwide in the World Cinema Showcase.
Set in mid town America, Angarano stars as aspiring sci fi teen author,
Benjamin Purvis, home schooled and naïve in the ways of the world. Sent to a
writers' camp, Purvis meets his hero, esteemed sci fi author Ronald Chevalier
(Clement) and enters his manuscript (the terribly titled Yeast Lords) into a
competition to win a deal.
However, Chevalier is struggling to find inspiration for his next book - and
so, inspired by Purvis' Yeast Lords, he promptly plaigarises the whole
But at the same time, Benjamin's sold the story to some local (terrible)
film-makers and when their movie comes out, a creative showdown's on the
Gentlemen Broncos is quite frankly irritating. With prevalent quirky
characters who are just annoying rather than wonderful, it quickly begins to
grate. Every single one involved on the screen is blessed with irritations
rather than nuances which would make them lovable.
Sam Rockwell makes good of his role as the star of Yeast Lords, in the comic
reinterpretations of both Chevalier and Purvis' books - yet, these recreations
mock the terrible sci fi adaptations and just look awful. I understand it's
supposed to be a tribute to the comic and awful pulp scifi world, but after
seeing scenes of pink vomit, dive bombing stags and naff costumes, it just
Thank goodness then for Jemaine Clement, the shining beacon from within the
mess. His Ronal Chevalier (who sounds like Alan Rickman at times) is destined to
be a cult character, with easily quotable lines from within his New Age mantra
just waiting to be embraced by the masses.
It's just unfortunate that the rest of the film is such a disappointment and