Friday, May 3, 2013

Astrópía (2007)

When I was searching for a fun movie, I came across this hidden gem all the way from Iceland. It's called 
Astrópía, and it's similar to The Big Bang Theory sitcom.  The film reminds me of the sitcom because it's about a ditzy blonde who meets and later befriends a bunch of 'nerds' or 'geeks'.   The two terms mean different things, but they are used interchangeably far too often.  In this case, they're geeks because they have a specific interest in a certain aspect of pop culture, such as a certain video game, roleplaying, or films.

Hildur is a spoiled blonde who loses everything when her boyfriend is arrested for fraud.  She moves in with her friend, who has a young son. She is offered a job on the spot at the local comic book store just by entering to spend time with her friend's kid. Although she's doesn't know anything about any fandom and can't answer any questions, the store does amazing business (because she's a hot blonde in a comic store) and the employees want her to stay so they won't have to count the register anymore.

Meanwhile, Hildur's boyfriend is in jail and is planning his escape.  The escape is similar to the one in The Shawshank Redemption, but it's done in a very over-the-top and comical manner. 

During the majority of the movie, the characters speak in Icelandic, except certain phrases, which they exclaim in English, such as, "The Force is strong in this one.", and,  "Sweet Jesus on a Tricycle!"

Hildur decides to learn how to role play in order to help her customers better. She goes to her boss, Goggi's, house and plays her first game. The other characters are Playmolas the elf (played by Dagur, the cute guy who likes her), Inigo Montoya the warrior (played by Beta, the girl), and Rincewind the sorcerer (my favorite since I love this Discworld series).  Whenever they role play, we see their imaginations so it appears as if they really are elves and warriors in the forest.

When her boyfriend and everyone else in the prison for that matter escape from prison, they kidnap Hildur and it's up to her new geek friends to rescue her.  I loved it when Beta ran in yelling "Leeeeeeerrrrrrrooyyy Jenkinnnnnnsss!" because I do the same thing all the time.  This movie was great and I will give it an 8/10.

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