It's so refreshing to finally see a movie that has an original idea just when you thought Hollywood had ran out of those. It doesn't get more original than the premise of a cook in a Mexican monastery who becomes a professional wrestler at night to have enough money to get fresh ingredients for the orphans he feeds?
Enter "Nacho Libre". I should have seen this ages ago but finally got around to watching it thanks to E's urging. It reinforced my belief that Jack Black truly can do no wrong. Every movie he's been in no matter how big or little his part has become that much better thanks to his presence.
There aren't that many actors/comedians out there that can carry a movie by themselves and be successful at it. Most of the time, there has to be a fairly good supporting actor/actress here or there in the film to help it a bit. Maybe even a cameo or two. "Nacho Libre" has absolutely NO other known stars in it and for any Jack Black fan, that was a HUGE plus.
Black plays Ignacio with a horrible, HORRIBLE Spanish accent. That's part of what made the movie so hilarious. Some of the best moments were when he lost his accent altogether and you just know it was done intentionally to add to the moment. You add those with the slapstick humor of the wrestling scenes and this flick is priceless.
E compared this one to "Napoleon Dynamite" in that you would need to see it a couple of times to fully enjoy it's humor. I would venture to say one trip is all it takes. Black knocked one out of the park with "Nacho Libre". Even though it's not necessary to see it a second time to appreciate it, I will be seeing it again.
My rating: A-