Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 6.5 Beans
or the rest of the day after viewing this movie I was over at a friends house, yelling out every five minutes "I'm the Leprechaun!" or "Where ya gonna run to? Ireland?" in a really bad Irish accent (yes its a Waynes World 2 reference, nonetheless I couldn't get it out of my head... and yes I am an idiot more than half the time). Needless to say that I pissed my friends off very quickly that day.
Anyway, back to the point. When I rented this, I was expecting a to give it a rating worse than I have. That's how bad that I expected this to be. What do expect from a movie that stars Jennifer Aniston? Yes the same Ms Aniston from 'Friends'. I can almost picture most of you guys running to the video store now. She plays the typical L.A. movie teenager obsessed with malls and Evian Water, oh and of course, she's a vegetarian.
The revolves around Aniston and her father moving to some little town in the middle of North Dakota. They move into a house - that unbeknownst to them - has a leprachaun trapped in the basement. You see the previous owner stole the little guy's gold and he got mega-pissed. He got so pissed that he killed the old guy's wife and gave the old guy a stroke. But not before the old guy stuffed the leprechaun in a chest, nailed it shut and put a four-leaf clover on it to take away the leprechaun's powers. Moving on, the leprachuan escapes and is still after his gold that has now been stolen by some kids that are renovating Aniston's and her father's new home. He then terrorises the kids and Aniston until he gets all his gold back, end of story.
For me I always thought that leprachaun's were happy little green Irish chappies that lived with their pot of gold at the end of rainbows and helped people on their way. Obviously I missed something in the translation. This little sod is a greedy bloodthirsty bastard, who'll kill anyone who has his gold or gets it his way of it. He also can hotwire a mean kiddie car and drive it without an engine. Now thats a sight that I want to see again. He'd also make a good wheelchair athlete with the way he takes corners. You can actually hear the wheelchair's tires screech around corners. I can't even do that in my car.
Highlight of the movie... the leprechaun calling some old guy a bastard. I was in shock, I then laughed for the next minute straight. Also of note is one of the leprachaun's limericks which he recites while killing someone. It goes something like this...
This old man,
He played one.
He played pogo...
On this guys lung.
Brilliant stuff. Worth seeing the movie just for those lines. A note to end on, this movie somehow spawned three sequels which I will be viewing in the near future. Can't wait.
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