And then of course we have the great Jemaine Clement, the "Flight of the Conchords" star who radiates humor as if he was born on Planet Joketropa and our yellow sun gives him the power of perpetual laughs. That man could read my parents' obituaries and I'd still find everything he does hysterical.
It's no surprise, then, that his delivery of the dreadfully untalented sci-fantasy writer Dr. Ronald Chevalier is easily the best part of the film. It's no small accolade to say that his performance makes up for the other woefully grating characters in orbit of Angarano's Benjamin, but even his powers of comedic persuasion are not enough to convince the audience Gentlemen Broncos is as funny as Hess thinks it is. It's unclear whether or not he's attempting to satirize bad fantasy novels and writers or whether he thinks they're actually funny because of how bad they are, but either way his attempt to make them relevant to the story at large falls short of any lasting humor.
The performances are solid enough from all the cast, but there is no doubt that Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords") is the show stealer here. He plays Chevalier, the science fiction writer that preys upon the easily impressed populations of micro town America to keep his ego tank fueled. Heâ€™s worshiped by Michael Angaranoâ€™s character Benjamin, who is a young burgeoning science fiction writer himself off to be taught by his hero at a writerâ€™s camp for home schooled children.
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