Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Switzerland by Way of the Northwest Passage

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)
directed by Jon Knautz
rating: 2 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

Any time I think Americans take the cake for bigotry, I watch a foreign film. Intentions aside (a funny throwback to King Kong?), what could possibly explain the bookends to this otherwise harmless Canadian monster story? Black men and women in jungle attire, screaming at a cyclops in the woods? Everyone in a panic - frothing, worthless fear - except for the lone white interloper, his childhood guilt absolved at last? Could the stereotypes be any worse?

No. If someone hadn't recommended Jack Brooks, I never would have made it to the title. The rest of the movie isn't terrible, in a TV pilot sort of way, and yes, the low-budget effects are coherent and fun, but if anyone (I guess Rick Moranis is the only person I can think of) ever tells you "no one does humor like the Canadians," be grateful you live in the US of A.