Many films since Napoleon Dynamite have tried unsuccessfully to reach that same or similar humor. It takes a precise amount of self-awareness, satire, and good acting to make a true comedy about quirky people and their lives. And though there have been many failed attempts recently, director Ari Gold was able to find the balance needed in his film Adventures of Power.
Starring Gold as the eponymous Power, the movie follows this man on his conquest to out why God made him an air drummer. Yes, an air drummer. These men and women believe that true music and soul comes not from the instrument of the drum itself, but from the ability to pretend to play the drums. As Power faces the big city of Newark (coming from his small town in New Mexico), falling in love for the first time (his love interest is Silas' deaf girlfriend, for those of you who watch Weeds), making his father proud, and beating his enemy in an air drumming competition (who is played by Adrien Grenier), hilarity ensues in every aspect of the film. Gold has made a film that is simply ridiculous, but it works because it is aware of its absurdity, which makes it even funnier. Michael McKean and Jane Lynch are familiar faces in the cast and both give great performances. An Official Selection of Sundance 2008, the film won the Audience Prize, proving that this movie is not only an overwhelming crowd pleaser, but also that it's not to be missed. Hopefully it will soon be more available for people to see more widely. And when it is, you must see it. But until then, just remember:
MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUM. EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE.
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